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    Computers and Processors
    ELEC S224
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    Computers and Processors
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2021

    This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details.

    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Middle 2 terms 10
    Aut 2021
    This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details.

    Course Coordinator: Dr Kevin Hung, BSc (Queen’s University); MPhil, PhD (CUHK); MIEEE; MIET; MCIE

    Course Developer: Sam Ng, Consultant

    This is a compulsory course for the BSc and BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering, and the Diploma in Electronics. It is an optional course in the BSc and BSc(Hons) in Electonics; BSc (Hons) in Electronics with Management; BSc and BSc (Hons) in Engineering Mechanics, Materials and Design; BSc (Hons) in Engineering Mechanics, Materials and Design with Management; BSc and BSc (Hons) in Product Design and Techology, Higher Diploma in Digital Communication.

    Advisory prerequisite(s)

    Compulsory prerequisite(s)

    This course aims to:

    • Describe the functions of key hardware components of computers;

    • Explain how data are represented and processed in computers;

    • Illustrate ways in which the hardware components of computers and computer-based systems intercommunicate;

    • Describe the roles of operating systems in personal computers; and

    • Relate the hardware and software concepts to a range of computers and computer-based systems.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Introduction to computer architecture

    • Intercommunication of the hardware components of computer-based systems

    • Data representation and processing in computers

    • Software programs and hardware operations

    • Roles of operating systems in personal computers

    • Embedded computer systems

    • Flowcharts and functional flow block diagrams

    • Programming in assembly language

    Learning support
    There will be ten tutorials and ten surgeries, each two hours long. They will be conducted in a classroom.

    There are four assignments and a final examination. 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 and the assessment of this course. The tutorials and surgeries will be video-recorded and available for playback from the OLE.

    You will need access to a computer for the study of this course. It will be used to access the online support. The recommended minimum configuration is:

    • Pentium 4 2.4 GHz CPU or above

    • Microsoft Windows XP or above

    • VGA display card and monitor

    • 1 GB RAM

    • 2 GB free hard disk space

    • Mouse, keyboard and printer

    • Internet access

    • Internet Explorer 8 or above

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    Students with impaired sight might have difficulty with the use of a computer monitor. You are encouraged to seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling in the course.

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