COMPX203-22A (TGA)

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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: maria.admiraal@waikato.ac.nz

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: alistair.lamb@waikato.ac.nz

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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.

"The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/"

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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. Attendance is highly recommended.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Write and debug programs using the WRAMP assembly language (WA3, WA5)
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  • Explain the relationship between high-level languages, assembly code, and machine code (WA1)
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  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer I/O, interrupts, and exceptions (WA1, WA5)
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  • Implement a simple multitasking kernel (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA4)
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Assessment

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Note: for students enrolled in an engineering degree: "Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out."

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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 REX and WRAMP
24 Mar 2022
5:00 PM
5
  • Other: Online Quiz
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. C and WRAMP Programming
7 Apr 2022
5:00 PM
5
  • Other: Online Quiz
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Test
21 Apr 2022
11:00 AM
15
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Parallel and Serial I/O
19 May 2022
5:00 PM
5
  • Other: Online Quiz
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exceptions and Interrupts
2 Jun 2022
5:00 PM
5
  • Other: Online Quiz
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Multitasking Kernel
16 Jun 2022
5:00 PM
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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Workload

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A workload of approximately 150 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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