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Module Title LC Computer Systems and Professional Practice
SchoolComputer Science
Department Computer Science
Module Code 06 40086
Module Lead Matt Leeke
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-33 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-22 hours
Guided independent study-145 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description An understanding of fundamental concepts in the design and implementation of computer systems is essential to the development of computer scientists, particularly where they will operate in scientific and professional environments. This module provides students with an introduction to computer systems design, focusing on fundamental concepts in computer architecture, and the contexts in which computer systems are commonly deployed, covering legal, social, ethical and professional issues relevant to computing professionals. Students will also gain a range of technical skills in the design and implementation of electronic circuits and systems-level computer programs.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • 20.1
  • Explain common data representations and their role in computer systems
  • 20.2
  • Discuss hardware organisation and architecture of computer systems and their components, including logic components, microprocessors and I/O systems
  • 20.3
  • Demonstrate basic systems programming and digital circuit prototyping abilities
  • 20.4
  • Discuss a range of legal, social, ethical and professional issues relating to the design, implementation and deployment of computer systems.
  • 20.5
  • Write in an appropriate scientific style on aspects of computer systems and professional practice
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

Examination (80%),
Continuous Assessment (20%)


Examination (100%)
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