This unit introduces students to fundamentals of computer hardware and software, and networking. The unit provides knowledge of computer structure and operation, including Arithmetic-Logic Unit, computer registers, internal bus, memory; system software, including compilers and operating systems; and computer networking and data communication.
2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs tutorials/wk
Students will be expected to spend a total of 12 hours per week during semester on this unit as follows:
Proficiency in basic mathematics.
Ingrid Zukerman, Consultation hours: Wednesday 1pm - 2 pm
Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Mid-semester test||12%||Tuesday, 1 May 2012, 11am|
|Tutorial tests 1, 2, 3, 4||28% total (7% each)||Weeks 5, 7, 10, 12|
|Examination 1||60%||To be advised|
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Please check with your lecturer before purchasing any Required Resources. Prescribed texts are available for you to borrow in the library, and prescribed software is available in student labs.
SPIM. MIPS Simulator: http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/packages/smartAnimator/
Wireshark. Packet Analysis Software: http://www.wireshark.org/
D. Tarnoff, Downloadable textbook: Computer organization and design fundamentals.
L. Null and J. Lobur. (2006). Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture. (2nd) Jones and Bartlett Publishing (ISBN: 0-7637-3769-0).
A.S. Tannenbaum. (2006). Structured Computer Organization. (5th) Prentice Hall (ISBN: 9780131485211).
J.F. Kurose and K.W. Ross. (2010). Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach. (5th) Addison-Wesley Publishers (ISBN: 978-0136-07967-5).
|0||No formal assessment or activities are undertaken in week 0|
|1||LN1: Overview of unit; history of computing; overview of computer organisation; why we learn this unit|
|2||LN2: Data representation and computer arithmetic (I)|
|3||LN2: Data representation and computer arithmetic (II)|
|4||LN3: Boolean algebra and digital logic|
|5||LN4: Computer architecture||Tutorial test 1: LN1-LN2|
|6||LN4: Computer architecture, LN5: System software|
|7||LN5: System software, LN6: Operating systems||Tutorial test 2: LN3-LN4|
|8||LN6: Operating systems|
|9||LN7: Introduction to computer networks||Mid-semester test: LN1-LN5 on Tuesday, 1 May 2012, 11am|
|10||LN8: Applications layer||Tutorial test 3: LN5-LN6|
|11||LN9: Transport layer|
|12||LN10: Network layer||Tutorial test 4: LN7-LN8|
|SWOT VAC||No formal assessment is undertaken SWOT VAC|
|Examination period||LINK to Assessment Policy: http://policy.monash.edu.au/policy-bank/
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