Module Details

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Title Computer Systems
Code COMP124
Coordinator Dr S Thomason
Computer Science
S.Thomason@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To introduce how computers function at the instruction operation level.
To introduce the relationships between the instruction operation level and both the higher (software) and lower (hardware) levels.
To introduce students to the structure and functionality of modern operating systems.
To explain how the principal components of computer-based systems perform their functions and how they interact with each other.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Describe the structure and operation of computer hardware at the register transfer level.

(LO2) Implement and reason about simple algorithms at the level of machine code.

(LO3) Describe the overall structure and functionality of a modern operating system and its interactions with computer hardware and user processes.

(LO4) Explain how modern operating systems and programming languages implement concurrency and the issues that arise when working with concurrent processes.

(LO5) Use the Linux command line and describe how files, devices and processes are managed by the Linux kernel.

(S1) Numeracy/computational skills - problem solving


Syllabus

 

Machine architecture and instruction execution; Structure of the CPU; Stored program concept and program execution; Basic instruction-level operations (using a limited set of instructions); Machine-level correspondence to higher level constructs, such as expressions, variables, loops and conditions; Subroutines and subroutine calling mechanisms; Stacks and recursion; Operating system managers; Time-sharing and concurrency; Interrupt mechanism; Processes and process scheduling; Resource allocation; Semaphores and deadlocks; Memory management; Segmentation and paging; File management and file systems; Device management; Interpreters, compilers and code generation.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Mix of on-campus/on-line synchronous/asynchronous sessions
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description: One assisted lab session per week starting from Week 3
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Due to Covid-19, in 2021/22, one or more of the following delivery methods will be implemented based on the current local conditions.

(a) Hybrid delivery
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Mix of on-campus/on-line synchronous/asynchronous sessions
Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description: Mix of on-campus/on-line synchronous/asynchronous sessions

(b) Fully online delivery and assessment
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: On-line synchronous/asynchronous lectures
Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description: On-line synchronous/asynchronous sessions

(c) Standard on-campus delivery
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Mix of on-campus/on-line synchronous/asynchronous sessions
Teaching Method 2 - Laboratory Work
Description: On-campus synchronous sessions


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

    8

  16

35
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 115
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Multiple choice class test. There is a resit opportunity.  120    30       
Multiple choice examination. There is a resit opportunity.  120    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
(124.1) Programming assignment. There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment.  10    20       

Recommended Texts

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