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Parent Programme
Bachelor of Science in Computing (Level 7 NFQ)
MODULE NFQ
Level 6
MODULE CREDIT UNITS
ECTS: 5
MODULE TITLE
Computer Fundamentals
Reference Code: M1.1
STAGE
Year 1
Fall Semester
12 Weeks X 3.15 Hours per week

Module content, organisation and structure

Computer Architectures and Components

  • History of computers
  • Von Neumann and Harvard Architectures
  • Circuits and Logic
  • CPU, Memory, Input and Output
  • Fetch-execute cycle, ALU, PC, Control Unit
  • Primary and Secondary storage
  • Performance enhancement
  • Memory hierarchy, cache memory
  • Hardware and Software overview

Assembly and Disassembly of a Computer System

  • Lab Procedures and Tool Use
  • Safety and ESD
  • Assembly and component installation
  • Boot the Computer
  • POST, BIOS, UEFI

Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Preventative Maintenance Tasks
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Troubleshooting Process
  • Common problems and solutions

Operating System Fundamentals

  • Characteristics and Types
  • Storage device preparation
  • Boot process and registry

DOS/Windows and Unix-based Operating Systems

  • Common types of OS
  • Desktop Environments
  • File systems
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Operating system upgrades

Mobile and Embedded Devices

  • Laptops, smartphones, tablets and embedded devices
  • Embedded system architectures and applications
  • Typical hardware and software
  • Input and Output devices, sensors, indicators and actuators

Minimum Intended Learning Outcomes (MIMLOs)

Upon successful completion of this module, the learner should be able to:
LO 1
Explain how system components work and the relationship between them.
LO 2
Construct, configure, upgrade and troubleshoot modern computer platforms and various peripheral devices.
LO 3
Install, configure, upgrade, and maintain industry standard operating systems.
LO 4
Diagnose and resolve problems of a personal computer system using administrative system tools.
LO 5
Utilise relevant workplace safety through an awareness of applicable computing standards.

Assessment

MIMLOs
Assessment
Percentage
2, 5
CA 1 – Computer Tools & Practices
30%
1, 5
CA 2 – Theory of Computer Systems
40%
3, 4,
CA 3 – Practical Operating Systems
30%

Reassessment Opportunity

Where the combined marks of the assessment and examination do not reach the pass mark the learner will be required to repeat the element of assessment that they failed. Reassessment materials will be published on Moodle after the Examination Board and will be aligned to the MIMLOs and learners will be capped at 40% unless there are personal mitigating circumstances.

Computer Fundamentals

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this module is to provide you with the knowledge and practical skills in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting, fault diagnosis and reporting of computer components and systems.

This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • You will understand the workings of the modern personal computer.
  • Acquire knowledge related to associated peripheral and I/O devices.
  • Acquire practical skills to configure, upgrade and diagnose hardware and operating system faults.
  • Possess an awareness of mobile and embedded devices.
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