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    Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
    COMP S260
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    Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2019
    Course Level
    Middle
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Credits
    10
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    11,700
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Quota and Schedule
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2019
    Middle 2 terms 10
    English
    11,700
    Aut 2020

    Course Coordinator: Dr Raymond So, BA (UNCC); MIS, PhD (Uni Melb)

    Course Developer: Kendrew Lau C M, Consultant

    COMP S260 is suitable for science and technology students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the specification, design, operation and evaluation of computer systems, including various aspects of operating systems software.

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have already studied COMP S210/COMP S201 or COMP S258.

    Aims
    This course aims to:

    • Help students to develop the knowledge and understanding of the fundamental theory and techniques of computer architecture and operating systems;

    • Provide students with the means to evaluate computer systems and operating system products and services;

    • Aid students in applying their knowledge of computer architecture and operating systems to issues such as system and programming performance.

    Contents
    This course covers the following topics:

    • Data in the computer

    • Computer architecture, CPU and memory

    • CPU design and organization

    • Input, output and computer peripherals

    • Operating systems and the user's view

    • Process management

    • Memory management

    • Input/output and file systems

    • Distributed computing architectures and virtualization

    Learning support
    There will be 12 two-hour tutorials and adequate surgeries throughout the course.

    Assessment
    There will be four assignments and a final examination. The assignments and final examination contribute 30% and 70% to the final grade, respectively. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online requirement
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator as well as other students. To access the OLE, students will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is required for the study of this course.

    Equipment
    Students will need access to a personal computer with an Internet connection. The recommended minimum computing requirements are:

    • IBM compatible PC with Intel Pentium III 800 MHz CPU (recommended 2.6 GHz Pentium IV) ready for connecting to the Internet

    • 512 MB RAM

    • 1 GB free hard disk space

    • CD-ROM drive

    • Video display resolution at 800 x 600 or higher

    • Sound card with speakers

    Software
    Students will need access to a computer running Microsoft Windows XP (English) or newer with Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer.

    Set book(s)
    Englander, I (2014) The Architecture of Computer Hardware, Systems Software and Networking: An Information Technology Approach, 5th edn, New York: John Wiley and Sons.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The audio and visual components of this course may cause difficulties for students with impaired hearing or vision. You should seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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