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Computer concepts and software systems (6 points)
Leader: Barrie Milne
Synopsis: Number systems (decimal, binary, hexadecimal), computer data representation, hardware components of a computer - CPU, ALU, registers, memory, I/O devices, the fetch/execute cycle - the Little Man Computer, 80x86 architecture, memory addressing, assembly language programming, code generated by the assembler, interrupts - internal CPU, external, software, operating systems and their functions, use of the stack. (subject to approval).
Assessment: Assignments: 30% + Examination (2 hours): 70% + Students must pass the examination in order to pass the unit.
Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour laboratory per week
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