Full Title:Digital Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:DBMS C8Z07
 
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to introduce the foundations of networking and hardware and to provide students with a knowledge of the mathematics underlying these subject areas. The will be done in an integrated and practical way.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Configure basic computing hardware from an understanding of computer architecture.
  2. Configure a Local Area Network from an understanding of underlying principles.
  3. Apply a systematic problem-solving approach to a variety of networking & hardware related problems from an understanding of the fundamentals of number bases, logic & computer arithmetic.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Hardware
Basic components of a computer, Input and output devices, Single board computers, Safety in the lab and ESD issues, on-board computer hardware and I/O connections, interfacing with custom electronic circuits, Installing operating systems and software packages, installing and configuring network services.
Networking
Introduction to Data Communications and Networking, OSI Model; Ethernet, Introduction to IP addressing, Address Resolution Protocol.
Mathematics and Logic
Units and calculation (bit; byte; prefixes; kilo as 1,000 or 1,024; CPU speed; bit rate; memory and storage capacity); Number bases (addition in binary and hexadecimal; converting between binary, hexadecimal and decimal -including issues around computer arithmetic with reals, such as overflows; web colour representation in decimal and hexadecimal; two’s-complement); Introduction to logic (propositions; logical argument; logical connectives; basic truth tables).
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Weekly assessment of student work in class and set exercises in computer hardware. 1 15.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Continuous Assessment Weekly lab exercises with related reports in networking 2 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Class Test A one hour closed book, mid-semester exam assessing mathematical content to date. 3 15.00 0 0 Week 8 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam A two hour closed book formal exam assessing all content areas. 1,2,3 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Weekly assessment of student work in class and set exercises in computer hardware. 1 15.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Continuous Assessment Weekly lab exercises with related reports in networking 2 30.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Class Test A one hour closed book, mid-semester exam assessing mathematical content to date. 3 15.00 0 0 Week 8 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam A two hour closed book formal exam assessing all content areas. 1,2,3 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
Reattendance
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. Therefore reassessment on this module will require the student to reattend (i.e. retake) the module in its entirety.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture on networking, hardware and maths fundamentals and the links between these subject areas. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Networking Labwork 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical Hardware lab work 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Maths exercise classes 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Guided Preparation reading & exercises 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study Student's independent review of content and research on content related topics. 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture on networking, hardware and maths fundamentals and the links between these subject areas. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Networking Labwork 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical Hardware lab work 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Tutorial Maths exercise classes 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading Guided Preparation reading & exercises 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study Student's independent review of content and research on content related topics. 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Resources
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace 2012, Getting Started with Raspberry Pi [ISBN: 978-1-4493-4421-4]
  • Behrouz A. Forouzan 2012, Data Communications and Networking, Fifth Ed., 32, McGraw Hill [ISBN: 0071254420]
  • Basta/Delong/Basta 2013, Mathematics for Information Technology, Delmar [ISBN: 9781111307929]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_KCOMP_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing 1 Mandatory
DK_KGMDV_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Games Development 1 Mandatory
DK_MMWEB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Web Development 1 Mandatory
DK_KCOMP_7 Bachelor of Science in Computing 1 Mandatory
DK_KCEHW_7 Certificate in Computer Hardware 1 Elective
DK_KCEHW_7 Certificate in Computer Hardware 2 Elective
DK_KCOMB_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Computing and Business 3 Mandatory
DK_KCMP7_6 [Exit Award from L7] Higher Certificate in Science in Computing 1 Mandatory