CS001 INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SYSTEMS

BINDURA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE EDUCATION

FACULTY OF SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

 

 

CS001: Introduction to Computer Systems                   Semester: Aug– Dec 2015

Programme: Diploma in Science Education (DIPSCIED)

Lecturer           :           MR P. MAVHEMWA                  Office              : 4A52

Cell                  :           0773845525       Consultation  :By appointment

E-Mail               :           pmavhemwa@buse.ac.zw

 

Course Aims and Objectives:

 

This course aims to introduce students to basic knowledge of computer systems i.e. in terms of hardware and software components of computer systems and the functions of the various such components.

 

Course Outline

 

Week

Lecture (Hrs)

Content

1

 

4

Introduction

-       Definition of a computer

-       Computer terminology

-       Importance of computers

-       Evolutionary History of computers

2

4

3

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organization of a computer system

-       Components of a computer system (basic scheme diagram of a computer systems) and the relationship between the components

4

 

4

Computer Classification

-       Mini, micro, mainframe, supercomputers

-       Functions and Characteristics of each class

 

5

 

4

 

Computer Hardware

-       Input devices, Output devices, CPU, Storage media

 

6

4

7

2

Computer Software

-       Classifications of computer software

-       System Software: Operating Systems, Utility Programs

 

8

4

Computer Software

 

-       Application Software: General purpose software, special purpose software

-        

9

4

Database

-       Introduction

-       DBMS vs File based systems

-       Database models

10

4

Data Representation

-       Number system (Conversion addition and subtraction)

 

11

4

Data Representation

 

-       Error detection methods (parity check, hamming code, CRC)

12

 

4

 

Data Communication

-       Transmission modes

-       Communication model

-       Communication types

 

13

 

4

 

Consolidation

14-15

 

Revision and Final Examination

 

Assessment

 

At least two assignments and/or tests (WT=30%) and Final Examination (WT=70%)

 

 

Recommended Literature

 

  1. Bradley, R. (1996) Understanding Computer Science for Advanced Level. Stanley Thrones
  2. French, C.S. (1996) Computer Science 5th Edition. BookPower: London.
  3. Heathcote, P.M. and Langfield, S. (2004) A Level Computing 5th Edition. Payne-GallwayPublishers:Oxford.
  4. Heathcote, P.M. (1996) A Level Computing 4th Edition. Payne-GallwayPublishers:Oxford.
  5. Internet sources