Systems Architecture - CO883

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
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7 15 (7.5) DR R Grigore


Co-requisites: CO881/COMP8810 Object-Oriented Programming, or CO871/COMP8710 Advanced Java for Programmers





This module covers the hardware and software components that computational devices and systems are built from. It addresses their relationship with each other and also the services that they provide to application software and users.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours: 125
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

75% Examination, 25% Coursework

Indicative reading

Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Baer, J. (2010). Microprocessor architecture: from simple pipelines to chip multiprocessors. Cambridge University Press.
English, J. (2004). Introduction to Operating Systems. Palgrave Macmillan.
Kaufman, M. (2013). Computer Organisation and Design, Fifth Edition. Patterson and Hennessy.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Have a systematic understanding of modern computer systems architecture including hardware and operating system components, the interrelations and interactions between them.
8.2 Have a critical awareness of the influence of hardware and operating system design on each other, the resulting trade-offs and current problems.
8.3 Be able to use a modern server-strength operating system and select appropriate tools for common tasks.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Be able to analyse complex systems systematically.
9.2 Be able to evaluate such systems, and allow for possible trade-offs.
9.3 Be able to apply the relevant mathematical techniques.

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