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Computer Systems

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: COS10004

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10 hours of study per week

About this unit

Students will become familiar with the design, programming, operation, and design constraints of computing hardware.


  • Assembly language programming
  • An introduction to program timing considerations and interrupts
  • Serial and parallel input/output
  • Memory types and organisation
  • Basic computer organisation: Von Neumann and Harvard architectures
  • The internals of a microcomputer using a RISC CPU
  • An introduction to interfacing to the analogue world
  • A block diagram of a complete CPU
  • An introduction to data storage technologies

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