|Learning and teaching strategies
||Lecture, Question and Answer, Problem Solving
||The purpose of this course is to introduce the students to fundamental concepts of computer hardware and software, and provide an adequate background for students to advance to other computer related areas.
||A student who completes the course successfully will Understand the fundamental principles by which the computers operate. Identify and categorize the input/output devices, types of secondary storage media and know their functions. Identify and categorize the applications software and systems software and know their functions. Design algorithms by means of flow charts and pseudocode techniques. Have an understanding of the basics of working in a networked environment, security and privacy issues. Become familiar with computer terminology and be aware of the ethical and social issues when using computers.
||History of computing and computers, Data representation, Number systems, Binary codes, Arithmetic operations, Boolean algebra and applications, Basic structure of a computer, Application software and multimedia, System software and the operating system, File systems and file management, The CPU and main memory, Input and output devices, Secondary storage, Computer architecture and organization concepts, Computer network concepts, The Internet and applications, Digital devices and digital media, Computer security and privacy, Programming and programming languages, Program development and structured programming, Databases and information system concepts.
||1. Evans A., Martin K., and Poatsy M.A., Technology In Action, Complete, 10/e, Prentice Hall, 2014.; 2. Beekman G. and Quinn B., Digital Planet: Tomorrow's Technology and You, Complete, 10/e, Prentice Hall, 2012.; 3. LaBerta C., Computers Are Your Future, Complete, 12/e, Prentice Hall, 2012.; 4. Brookshear G., Computer Science: An Overview, 11/e, Addison-Wesley, 2011.
Course Outline Weekly
||Introduction. History of computing and computers.
||Representation of numbers, text, symbols, images. Number systems, conversion between different bases. Binary codes for decimals, alphanumeric codes, error detection/correction, parity bit.
||Unsigned binary arithmetic. Arithmetic in other bases. Complements. Signed number systems. Signed addition and subtraction. Binary logic, logic gates, truth tables, simplification. Logic circuits.
||Basic structure of a computer: Input, output, processing, memory and storage.
||Productivity and business software. Multimedia and entertainment software. Managing your software.
||Operating system fundamentals. Functions of the operating system. The boot process. The Windows interface. File systems and file management. Utility programs.
||CPU structure and operation, control unit, ALU, registers, executing program instructions. Main memory types and structures, memory hierarchy. Serial and parallel processing. Data and file organization on disk. Access time, data transfer rate.
||Instruction set, instruction formats and instruction sequencing. Example of a simple computer architecture with its instruction set.
||Networking fundamentals, network architecture and components, transmission media, network types, securing wireless networks. Internet infrastructure, Internet access, Internet resources and applications.
||Mobile devices and smartphones. Tablets and portable computer types. Digital data and information. Digital publishing, music, photography, and video.
||Computer crimes, cybercrime and identity theft. Computer viruses, antivirus software. Access control, firewall, encryption, password management. Privacy problems.
||Algorithms, programming languages, syntax, semantics, compilers. Program life cycle. Top-down programming. Identifiers, expressions and conditions. Representation techniques, flow charts, pseudocodes. Structured programming.
||Database building blocks. Database types and functions. Database warehousing and storage. Business intelligence systems. Data mining.
||Preparation for the final exam
Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes
|Key learning outcomes
||Possesses the theoretical and practical knowledge required in Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline. || || || || || |
||Utilizes his/her theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and electrical and electronics engineering towards finding engineering solutions. || || || || || |
||Determines and defines a problem in electrical and electronics engineering, then models and solves it by applying the appropriate analytical or numerical methods. || || || || || |
||Designs a system under realistic constraints using modern methods and tools. || || || || || |
||Designs and performs an experiment, analyzes and interprets the results. || || || || || |
||Possesses the necessary qualifications to carry out interdisciplinary work either individually or as a team member. || || || || || |
||Accesses information, performs literature search, uses databases and other knowledge sources, follows developments in science and technology. || || || || || |
||Performs project planning and time management, plans his/her career development. || || || || || |
||Possesses an advanced level of expertise in computer hardware and software, is proficient in using information and communication technologies. || || || || || |
||Is competent in oral or written communication; has advanced command of English. || || || || || |
||Has an awareness of his/her professional, ethical and social responsibilities. || || || || || |
||Has an awareness of the universal impacts and social consequences of engineering solutions and applications; is well-informed about modern-day problems. || || || || || |
||Is innovative and inquisitive; has a high level of professional self-esteem. || || || || || |