CS SYLLABUS
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  • 1. Module Overview 1. Module Overview and Objectives This unit aims to provide the learner with an underlying knowledge of the computer hardware components and peripherals commonly found in a business environment, different approaches to the connection and architecture of these components, and an unde rstanding of approaches to troubleshooting these systems. 2. Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria Learning Outcomes; Assessment Criteria; The Learner will: The Learner can: 1. Understand the function of 1.1 Explain the role of computer systems in different computer systems environments 1.2 Explain the hardware, software and peripheral components of a computer system 1.3 Compare different types of computer systems 2. Be able to design computer 2.1 Produce a system design specification to meet a systems client’s needs 2.2 Evaluate the suitability of a s ystem design specification 3. Be able to build and c onfigure 3.1 Build and c onfigure a c omputer system to meet a computer systems design specification 3.2 Test and document a computer system 4. Be able to undertake routine 4.1 Perform routine maintenance tasks on a computer maintenance on computer system systems 4.2 Upgrade the hardware and software on a computer system 3. Syllabus Syllabus Topic Title Proportion Content No 1 Introduction to 1/12 • Overview of the module Computer • Types of computer Systems 2 hours of - Personal, mini, mainframe, mobile, lectures - Network, supercomputer, multiprocessor 3 hours of • History of modern computers laboratory sessions - Show & tell of old and modern computer equipment - Student research on generations of computer Learning Outcome: 1 Page 7 of 97CS Lecturer Guide V1.0
  • 2. 2 Environments, 1/12 • Computing Environments Functions of - Home, business, computer gaming, Components networking, real-time, communication 2 hours of and lectures • Von Neumann architecture Health & 3 hours of - Example processors Safety laboratory - Fetch execute cycle sessions • Internet research – Different types of processor. - RISC v CISC - Single v multi core - Multiprocessor - Distributed • Health and safety practices; mains electricity, hot components, lifting and carrying, electrostatic precautions. Learning Outcome: 1 3 Hardware 1/12 • Standard architecture - CPU, main memory (RAM, ROM), Backing 2 hours of storage, I/O lectures • Current implementation of standard 3 hours of architecture laboratory - CPU, motherboard, Power supply, cooling, sessions backing store (hard disk, optical disks), memory types, interfaces (PCI, AGP, PCI Express), NIC, graphics card, sound. • Inside a PC - Identify components and their functions • Identify alternative components and packaging Learning Outcome: 1 4 Peripherals 1/12 • Printers, & plotters, cameras & scanners; and System keyboard, mouse, touch screen/pad; Building monitors, display adapters; multimedia 2 hours of lectures devices; storage media; networking; portable drives; plug and play components; 3 hours of performance factors laboratory sessions • Disassemble and assemble a computer system - Install motherboard, processor, heat-sink and fan, memory, power supply unit - Install hard disc drive, optical drive; - Install specialised cards - Install peripheral devices Learning Outcomes: 1 & 3 Page 8 of 97CS Lecturer Guide V1.0
  • 3. 5 Software, 1/12 • Systems software Installation - Operating systems, and 2 hours of - Utility programs Configuration lectures - Library programs, 3 hours of - Translator programs laboratory sessions • Applications software - Standard packages - Customised packages - Special purpose software - Bespoke software • Install key software - Windows Operating Systems - Office package - Free utility software - Anti-virus and security software Learning Outcomes: 1 & 3 6 Alternative 1/12 • Alternative operating systems Operating - UNIX/Linux, OS X, Android Systems 2 hours of • Linux installation lectures 3 hours of laboratory sessions Learning Outcome: 1 7 System 1/12 • Test plan Testing • Test documentation 2 hours of • Fault detection, diagnostics, troubleshooting lectures • Technical support 3 hours of • Test hardware and software laboratory sessions • Repair • Fault diagnosis exercises Learning Outcome: 3 8 Software 1/12 • Software problems Maintenance • Automatic updates 2 hours of • Upgrades lectures • Utility software 3 hours of • Security software laboratory sessions • Scheduling maintenance • Windows update exercise • Package update exercise • Driver update Learning Outcome: 4 Page 9 of 97CS Lecturer Guide V1.0
  • 4. 9 Hardware 1/12 • Preventative maintenance Maintenance • Upgrade v replace 2 hours of • Hardware upgrade lectures - Priorities 3 hours of - Internal components laboratory sessions - Peripherals • Hardware upgrade exercises e.g. - Memory update - Graphics upgrade - Hard disk upgrade - Add second NIC Learning Outcome: 4 10 File 1/12 • File systems operation and organisation Management - FAT, NTFS, ext 2 hours of - Directories/folders lectures - Security, sharing and access rights 3 hours of • Data Protection laboratory sessions - Backup - File/folder organisation • Windows file management exercises Learning Outcome: 4 11 Needs 1/12 • Client and system requirements Analysis - Investigation/analytical techniques 2 hours of - Problems/limitations with current/new lectures system, 3 hours of - Functionality, costs, timescales, resources laboratory • Case study sessions - Introduction - Needs analysis exercise Learning Outcome: 2 12 Selection and 1/12 • Selection criteria Systems • System integration Specification 2 hours of • Accessibility lectures • Alternative solutions 3 hours of - Identification, selection & justification laboratory sessions • Matching client requirements and system requirements with system components • Systems options - Off the shelf, self build, customise - Alternatives • System documentation • Case study – Selection & specification Learning Outcome: 2 & 3 Page 10 of 97CS Lecturer Guide V1.0