KF7023 - Computer Networks & Operating Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with a critical appreciation of computer networks and operating systems. You will learn about the organisation and operation of computing systems, relevant concepts and technologies at a technical level, and the demands placed upon computer systems and the computer networks and operating systems technologies required for them to successfully support current and emerging applications. In particular, the syllabus of the module will cover topics such as:
• Systems Software Hierarch: the hierarchy of systems software required to support applications on a computer; Operating System issues, e.g., scheduling, memory allocation, Operating Systems architecture
• Real major Operating Systems
• Data Communications and Networking - data transmission principles
• Network Architectures, including OSI and Internet, Intranet and Extranets
• Major Internet protocols and technologies, e.g. TCP, IP, FTP, Telnet, SMTP, HTTP, HTML etc.
• System security and protection (Encryption, Firewalls etc.)
• Professional practice and related legal, ethical and social issues.

How will I learn on this module?

You will have lectures that will explore fundamental elements of computer systems. Practical workshop sessions will be provided in which you will be provided with exercises designed to strengthen your understanding of the principles covered in the lectures using appropriate hardware and software. Computer aided learning software is available outside formal contact time to enable you to explore aspects of the subject on your own. You will be expected to prepare for the lectures and the practical workshops and to deepen your understanding of module material by studying recommended texts, journals and technical literature.

All module material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help Online service.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module team will guide and support you in the lecture and workshop practical sessions. Various tools and applications will be prepared to support you in the learning of the subject technologies. Advanced applications will be explained in the lecture and demonstrated in the workshop sessions. The module team will work closely with you in the practical sessions to conduct discussions and provide further detailed guidance on the subjects covered. You can also request appointments with the module teaching team outside of scheduled class time to ask questions and seek advice. Access to computing equipment with Unix/Linux and Windows capability will also be available to you through the University’s Simply Web facility.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Apply in-depth knowledge and demonstrate critical understanding of the concepts and principles of computer networks and operating systems, including security, and their application in a range of current and emerging technologies

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Systematically identify and analyse complex computer networking and operating system problems and apply a range of relevant technologies in the design and specification of solutions
3. Demonstrate awareness of the impact of operating systems and networks on professional practice and related legal, ethical, security and social issues

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Effectively communicate computer networks and operating systems subject research and practical work through a written report and poster.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment
The module will be assessed by one summative portfolio assignment, worth 100% of the marks available. It will assess all of the MLOs.
You will investigate a problem from a real-world business scenario from two different perspectives:
• “Computer Organization and Operating Systems”
• “Networking, Internet and Security”.
For each perspective you will investigate and critically evaluate problem solutions, including relevant technologies, professional practice and related legal, ethical, security and social issues. As part of the investigation you will produce a portfolio, including practical work, and a report and poster on the investigation. You will be provided with written, electronic, feedback on your work.
The practical work to be conducted, as well as the scenario, will be negotiated with you so as to relate your assessment learning to the requirements and expectations of your interests in the subject.

Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will be provided in the form of a variety of practical workshop exercises with opportunities for discussion, review and feedback on your work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module provides you with a critical appreciation of computer networks and operating systems. You will learn about the organisation and operation of computing systems, relevant concepts and technologies at a technical level, and the demands placed upon computer systems and the computer networks and operating systems technologies required for them to successfully support current and emerging applications. You will be assessed by one summative portfolio assignment. It will involve investigating a problem from a real-world business scenario from two different perspectives, “Computer Organization and Operating Systems” and “Networking, Internet and Security”. For each perspective you will investigate and critically evaluate problem solutions.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 year full-time

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020

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