This module is offered in 2019-20.


The aims of this module are:

  • To study computer architectures with regard to the storage system, CPU and I/O devices.
  • To study the relationship between formal logic and computer operation.
  • To teach and exercise systems programming via the C programming language.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should:

  • Have an understanding of the functions and structure of computer systems and architecture.
  • Be competent in C programming.


The C Programming Language: - Introduction, program structure, types, operators, control, declarations, IO, functions. Systems Programming: - Separate compilation, pointers, arrays, strings, structures, files, UNIX interface. Computer Architecture: - History, von Neumann, CPU, programming languages, bus protocols, interrupts, RISC, case studies of modern architectures. Computer Logic: - Propositional logic and its application to the computer.

Compulsory Elements

This module has no compulsory elements beyond those common to all sub-Honours modules (tutorials, mark of 4 in each assessment component).

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Last Published: 21 Jun 2019.