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Computer Systems

Short name: CS
SITS code: COIY060H7
Credits: 15 credits
Level: 7
Module leader: Szabolcs Mikulas
Lecturer(s): Szabolcs Mikulas


To learn the basics of computer architecture and organisation, and the role and mechanism of operating systems.


  • Introduction: Computer architecture (CA) and Operating system (OS) overview
  • Processors
  • Processes and threads
  • Concurrency
  • Memory management
  • I/O and file systems
  • Protection and security
  • Distributed and parallel processing


MSc IT students who wish to enrol to this module are expected to pass the test for the short course.


All dates and timetables are listed in the programme handbooks of individual programmes.


Two sets of problems relating to the computer architecture and the oprating systems content of the module.


By 2-hour written examination and coursework exercises, weighting 90% and 10% respectively.

Recommended reading

  • Textbook: W. Stallings, Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles, Prentice Hall, 5th edition, 2005, or 6th edition, 2008
  • W. Stallings, Computer Organization and Architecture: Designing for Performance, Prentice Hall, 7th edition, 2006
  • A.S. Tanenbaum, Modern Operating Systems, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition 2001, or 3rd edition, 2008