Computer Systems 2A: Architecture Fundamentals and Unix module (AC21009)

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Module code


Semester: 1


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About the Module

AC21009 Computer Systems 2A is a Level 2 Computing module that runs in the first semester. Together with AC22005 Computer Systems 2B (second semester), it forms one third of Level 2.

AC21009 covers UNIX (theory and operation) and fundamentals of computer hardware; programming assignments are done in C/C++ under Unix, although this is not taught on this module.

Credit Rating

There are 20 SCQF points available on this module.

Module Timetable

Week Subject
1 Introduction to UNIX
2 Processes and permissions
3 BASH scripting 1
4 BASH scripting 2
5 Assessed tutorial
6 Architecture: overview and logic
7 Architecture: fetch-execute cycle
8 Architecture: CPU, memory, I/O
9 Architecture: compilers
10 Architecture: towards the operating system
11 Revision

Assessment and Coursework

Coursework counts for 50% of the final module mark; class tests and examinations count for the other 50%.


Marking criteria are provided on My Dundee for all assignments so that you know what we are looking for when we are marking your coursework. Please ensure that you refer to these when completing assignments.

Title Week Given Week Due Effort Expected (hours) Value (%)
Shell scripting  2  5 12 12
Assessed tutorial  2  5 6 6
Cellular Automaton  6  8 12 12
Manchester Baby  8  11 20 20
Class tests/examination Weekly Weekly Varies 50

Reading List

All course material is available on My Dundee. This includes copies of lecture materials, practical exercises and assignments. The reading list for this module can be accessed from My Dundee and provides recommended materials for completing the module.


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