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FIT9010 - Computer systems

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: Dengsheng Zhang


Gippsland First semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit will introduce students to basic computer hardware and operating systems software with emphasis on the concepts required to understand the low-level and internal operations of computer systems. In particular, this includes study of data representation, simple digital logic, computer organisation including CPU, memory and input/output devices, as well as machine-level and assembly language programming, and operating system concepts with examples of process management, file system structures and user interfaces.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. understand basic Computer Structure and Operation and demonstrate use of the associated vocabulary.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of Data Representation, Computer Arithmetic and Boolean Algebra using appropriate methods of implementation.
  3. demonstrate detailed knowledge of Internal Bus, Memory, I/O organisations and interfacing standards.
  4. describe the internal operation of the CPU and explain how it is used to execute instructions.
  5. differentiate between machine language and assembly language and write assembly language programs to solve simple problems.
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the basics of operating systems software using examples from File Systems, User Interfaces and Software Development Tools.
  7. identify factors that affect computer performance.
  8. use various simulators to demonstrate the operation of simple computer architectures.


Tutorial/Laboratory Assignments and class test: 40%
Exam (3 hours): 60%


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