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ELEC1601: Introduction to Computer Systems (2014 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||ELEC1601: Introduction to Computer Systems (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical and Information Engineering|
|Session options:||Semester 2|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit of study introduces the fundamental digital concepts upon which the design and operation of modern digital computers are based. A prime aim of the unit is to develop a professional view of, and a capacity for inquiry into, the field of computing.
Topics covered include: data representation, basic computer organisation, the CPU, elementary gates and logic, peripheral devices, software organisation, machine language, assembly language, operating systems, data communications and computer networks.
|Assumed Knowledge:||HSC Mathematics extension 1 or 2|
|T&L Activities:||Lecture: Requires previous preparation and reading and active participation
Tutorial: Solve exercises extending the activities in the lecture.
Laboratory: Hands on lab work on computer systems and design build and test a team project with a robot.
Independent Study: Preparation for lectures, tutorial and labs.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Design software in a team project environment||Design (Level 1)|
|Detailed study of computer system fundamentals||Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)|
|Writing of assignments and reports. Oral presentation of project outcomes.||Communication (Level 2)|
|Team based laboratories with individual and group assessment components including oral examinations.||Professional Conduct (Level 1)|
|The team project assignment introduces students to teamwork and project management in an engineering context||Project Management and Team Skills (Level 2)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 1)
Tutorial quiz: Multiple choice questions after the tutorial about the solved exercises.
Tutorial comment: Participate in the tutorial discussion forum explaining what was learnt in the tutorial and how does it connect to the rest of the course.
Laboratory exercises: Solve a problem requiring the use of hardware.
Project report: Report describing how the project was implemented.
Project demonstration: Demonstrate the result of the project to the rest of the class.
Project presentation: Oral presentation on how the project was executed.
Laboratory notebook: Document describing the experience in the lab.
Final Exam: End of semester exam
|Assessment Feedback:||Assessment feedback will be provided face to face in the labs and tutorials, and via BlackBoard for assignments submitted online|
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
|Online Course Content:||Notes and discussions will be provided on BlackBoard.|
|Note on Resources:||ELEC1601 Course Notes. Purchase at Copy Shop|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Course organization and computer system overview|
|Week 2||Data representation in binary logic|
|Week 3||Information encoding|
|Week 4||Boolean algebra and combinational logic|
|Week 5||Sequential circuit design|
|Week 6||Computer systems blocks: CPU, bus, clocks, memory|
|Week 7||MARIE architecture|
|Week 8||Instruction and program execution|
|Week 9||Instruction set architecture|
|Week 10||Memory and pointers|
|Week 11||Input/output and storage|
|Week 12||System software and other archtectures|
|Week 13||Embedded systems|
|Assessment Due: Project report|
|Assessment Due: Project Demonstration|
|Assessment Due: Project Presentation|
|Assessment Due: Laboratory Notebook|
|Exam Period||Final exam|
|Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 1)||Yes||19.65%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 2)||No||0%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 2)||Yes||71.1%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||No||0%|
|Communication (Level 2)||Yes||5%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 1)||Yes||0.75%|
|Project Management and Team Skills (Level 2)||Yes||3.5%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.