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Unit of study_

ELEC1601: Introduction to Computer Systems

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, machine language, assembly language and high level programming constructs.

Code ELEC1601
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
HSC Mathematics extension 1 or 2

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. write reports to present design specific information and results concisely and accurately
  • LO2. engage in team-based design, drawing on the knowledge, skills and creative talent of all members to deliver a solution to a particular engineering problem
  • LO3. appreciate the professional practice, standards and responsibilities in working with hardware and software to the limit afforded by lab sessions and exercises
  • LO4. apply concept, principles and techniques to configure a basic system
  • LO5. scope, build and test an engineering artefact
  • LO6. demonstrate proficiency in applying computer engineering knowledge in the design, construction and testing of commensurate solutions for specific engineering problems
  • LO7. demonstrate understanding of the concepts and principles of computer architecture, digital logic design and microprocessor assembly language
  • LO8. demonstrate understanding of the concepts, principles and relationship for computers, the internet and clients and servers
  • LO9. demonstrate fundamental knowledge of computer engineering issues.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.