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COSC204 Computer Systems

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Computer systems from hardware to operating systems. How computation is executed on a CPU, assembly language and C programming, operating system concepts, process scheduling, and resource management.

Paper title Computer Systems
Paper code COSC204
Subject Computer Science
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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(COMP 101 or BSNS 106) and (COMP 160 or COMP 162)
COSC 243
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Commerce, Science

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

By completion of this paper students are expected to:

  • Understand how programs are executed on computer hardware
  • Demonstrate an ability to read and write assembly language programs
  • Be able to construct programs in C and understand its role as a systems programming language
  • Understand the fundamental principles and structure of an operating system
  • Understand core operating systems algorithms such as process scheduling and resource allocation and management
  • Be aware of the importance of efficient use of resources from computational, economic, and environmental viewpoints

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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