COMPX203-19B (HAM)

Computer Systems

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Computer Science

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Paper Description

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This paper provides an overview of the operation of computer systems. The central theme is the way in which the hardware and software co-operate to allow the execution of programs written in a high-level language.
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Paper Structure

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Course content is presented during two one-hour lectures per week. In addition, a supervised lab session is available for assistance with practical coursework, and is also where assistance with more general questions about course content can be sought.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Write and debug programs using the WRAMP assembly language
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  • Explain the relationship between high-level languages, assembly code, and machine code
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer I/O, interrupts, and exceptions
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  • Implement a simple multitasking kernel
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Introduction to Basys and WRAMP
19 Jul 2019
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Lab
2. C and WRAMP Programming
2 Aug 2019
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Lab
3. Test
15
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Parallel and Serial I/O
16 Aug 2019
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Lab
5. Exceptions and Interrupts
20 Sep 2019
No set time
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Lab
6. Multitasking Kernel
11 Oct 2019
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Lab
7. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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All required reference material will be provided via Moodle.
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Online Support

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Online support is available via Moodle.
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A workload of approximately 100 hours for the semester is expected, including lectures, tutorials, lab work, and revision.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: At least one of COMP104, COMPX102, (COMPX101 and ENGEN111), (COMP103 and ENEL111), (ENGEN103 and ENGEN111), or (ENGG182 and ENEL111).

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: COMP200

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