Skip to content Search
Search our website:

Introduction to Computer Systems

Short name: ICS
SITS code: BUCI008H4
Credits: 15
Level: 4
Module leader: Steve Maybank
Lecturer(s): Steve Maybank


  • history of computing
  • number representations
  • Boolean algebra
  • data storage
  • structure of a computer
  • file management
  • algorithms
  • relational databases




All dates and timetables are listed in programme handbooks, found in the downloads section of individual programme pages.

Enrolled students can find their personal teaching timetable and location of classes on their My Birkbeck profile.


One two-hour written examination (80%) and an in-class test (20%)

Recommended reading

  • Brookshear, J.G. and Brylow, D. B. (2015), Computer Science: an overview, 12th edition, Pearson.