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FIT1001

Faculty of Information Technology

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedNot offered in 2011

Synopsis

This unit will introduce students to basic computer hardware and operating systems software with emphasis on the concepts required to understand the low-level and internal operations of computer systems. In particular, this includes study of data representation, simple digital logic, computer organisation including CPU, memory and input/output devices, as well as system software and operating system concepts. The intention is to provide opportunities for students to relate the hardware knowledge covered in this unit to the concepts learned in their introductory programming and systems analysis classes and to give a more complete understanding of how hardware and software are used to build systems. This provides opportunities for students to relate the use of programming languages and studies of system design and project management to their implementation on computer hardware.

Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • understand basic Computer Structure and Operation and demonstrate use of the associated vocabulary;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of Data Representation, Computer Arithmetic and Boolean Algebra using appropriate methods of implementation;
  • demonstrate knowledge of Internal Bus, Memory, I/O organisations and interfacing standards;
  • describe the internal operation of the CPU and explain how it is used to execute instructions;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the basics of operating systems and system software; and
  • identify factors that affect computer performance.

Assessment

Examination (3 hours): 70%; In-semester assessment: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dengsheng Zhang

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk

Prohibitions

CSE1201, CPE1002, GCO2812