Short Title:Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
Full Title:Architecture, Operating Systems and Networks
Module Code:OPSY H1003
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Field of Study:Computing
Module Delivered in no programmes
Reviewed By:FINBARR FEENEY
Module Author:Keith Kelly
Module Description:Basics of computer architecture (hardware and operating systems software) and subsequent integration into a TCP/IP network.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the basic architecture and operation (processing, storage and communication) of a micro-processor based system
LO2 Identify the characteristic requirements and features of typical operating systems.
LO3 Explain network models such as OSI and TCP/IP and the process of data encapsulation
LO4 Plan and test a network with the appropriate cables and device interconnections and develop an addressing & testing scheme.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
BASIC ARCHITECTURE AND OPERATION
CPU Components - CU, ALU, registers, address bus, data bus, memory; Instruction execution (fetch, decode, execute); full adders, half-adders. Primary Memory, RAM, ROM, Memory addresses. Secondary storage devices, Disk storage technology.
25.00%
OPERATING SYSTEMS & PROCESSES
Operating System components and functions. Operating system types - basic terminology. Multi-user systems, Unix implementations, DOS & Unix command set and basic scripting, Resource Management, Sharing and Exhaustion. CPU time, single and multiple processes, multi-tasking, creation and removal of processes, process states and scheduling, process deadlock.
25.00%
NETWORKING MODELS
Concepts of networks (LANs & WANs), OSI and TCP/IP models; Application, Presentation, Session, Transport, Network, Data Link and Physical layers. Network traffic analysis, real and simulated networks, peer-to-peer networks. Data encapsulation.
10.00%
TCP/IP SUITE
The Application layer, the interaction of protocols, services, and applications, HTTP, DNS, DHCP, SMTP/POP, Telnet and FTP. The Transport layer, how the TCP and UDP protocols apply to applications. Network layer; concepts of addressing and routing, path determination, data packets. IP protocol: configuring hosts to access the local network and exploring routing tables.
15.00%
IP ADDRESSING
Network addressing, the subnet mask, the number of sub-networks and hosts in a network, ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol) tools.
15.00%
DESIGN, CABLING, CONFIGURATION & TESTING
Ethernet operation: encapsulation processes as data travels across the LAN and the WAN, Designing and cabling a network, which cables to use, how to connect devices, developing an addressing and testing scheme, connect and configure a small network using basic router commands
10.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical 1 – In-Lab - Individual - Test consisting of the following tasks: Construct a functional logic circuit. Closed book theory test examining lecture material. 1,2 25.00 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical 2 – In Lab - Individual - Network Design & Build: Design, implement and troubleshoot a LAN based on a given scenario. Produce a report and network topology diagram on the delivered network which will include issues arising during the implementation. Task assessed in terms of: design of the network; implementation of the network, including the subnetting schema. 3,4 25.00 Week 13
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lab No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • William Stallings 2016, Computer Organization and Architecture, 10th Ed., Pearson Custom Publishing [ISBN: 9780134101613]
  • Todd Lammle., CCENT study guide, 1st edition Ed., ; Wiley/Sybex Indianapolis, Ind. [ISBN: 9781118749685]
  • Abraham Silberschatz, Peter Baer Galvin, Greg Gagne. 2013, Operating system concepts, 9th Ed., New York; Wiley [ISBN: 9781118093757]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum, David J. Wetherall 2011, Computer networks, 5th edition Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall Boston [ISBN: 9781292024226]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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