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Course module: 202001030
Computer Systems Core
Course infoSchedule
Course module202001030
Credits (ECTS)12
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact E. Tews
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Examiner N. Alachiotis
Lecturer N. Alachiotis
N. Bouali
mr.dr. L.C.P. Broos
Lecturer A.B.J. Kokkeler
Academic year2021
Starting block
RemarksB-TCS students register via Osiris; others contact Minor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The Module Computer Systems (Module CS) is a module for the bachelor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Module contains a Common part (mandatory for both CS and EE students), an Electrical Engineering specific part (mandatory for EE students) and a Computer Science specific part (mandatory for CS students)
Common part
Computer Architecture and Organisation
  • Design circuits using basic logic gates
  • Calculate with different number representations
  • Understand mechanisms within a processor
  • Program a processor
  • Indicate the elements of a computer system and explain their functionality
  • Design specific parts of a computer system
Computer Science specific
Operating Systems:
  • Understand the major mechanisms of current general-purpose operating systems exemplified by Linux.
  • Appreciate the design space and trade-offs involved in implementing an operating system.
  • Be capable of basic system-oriented programming and providing simple extensions to an operating system.
  • Understand the exploitation of vulnerabilities and privilege escalation
ICT and Law:
  • Signaling of relevant IT-juridical aspects in the execution of the work of computer scientists and in their task to communicate on these aspects with legal professionals
  • Understand the possibilities and limitations w.r.t. the legal protection of software, databases and domainnames.
  • Integrate requirements concerning the law on privacy during design and realisation of ICT systems and processes.
  • Have insight in the criminal regime w.r.t. computercrime.
Project for CS students:
  • Integrate the knowledge and skills that are taught in the CAO and OS parts.
The module Computer Systems is part of the second year of both the EE- and CS- bachelor program. It addresses the basics of computer systems (organization and architecture) and offers a specialization into digital hardware design for EE bachelors and operating systems for CS bachelors. In the project for CS students, which is mainly dealt with in the last two weeks of the module, CS-students cooperate to design and realize a system integrating all subjects of the first 8 weeks. Within the CS curriculum, the following topics are included as Cross Cutting Concerns: academic skills, system development, concurrency and security. All these topics are covered within the module Computer Systems as well. Besides that, 1 EC is reserved for the subject “ICT en Recht” (in Dutch).
Computer Architecture and Organisation (CAO)
The architecture and organisation of computer systems are presented. Computer organisation deals with elementary knowledge and skills, required for designing digital systems. Furthermore, basic principles of components of a processor (CPU) are discussed as well as their relation. The processor is analysed based on the separation into a data- and control path. The operation and the structure of these paths will be discussed as well as the cooperation of the different components (e.g. the ALU, registers and busses). Besides that, attention will be paid to microprogramming (the basic principles are explained on the basis of different types of CPU’s) and to the Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), the link between software and hardware. Computer architecture concentrates on the processor and its environment. Students are taught the subsystems of which a computer system is constructed, how these subsystems behave and how they, together, determine the behaviour of the overall computer system. The design of elements within the memory hierarchy and I/O modules will be elaborated
Operating Systems (OS)
An operating system is a resource manager; it basically ensures that all users get their fair share of the resources. The focus is on generic operating system concepts with illustrative examples from Linux wherever appropriate. Topics covered include the structure of the operating system, processes and threads, concurrency, deadlock and starvation, memory management, I/O management and file systems, access control, threats, protection and security. Students will be using mainly C and some Java.
ICT and Law
Computer scientists that have successfully finalized this course are capable of timely signalling the relevant IT-juridical aspects of their work and to fulfil their task to communicate on these aspects with legal professionals.
In the Module CS project, students learn various techniques from different disciplines that are needed to design, implement and test a (prototype of) a combined hardware-software system. To be able to design, implement and test a combined hardware-software system, knowledge and skills concerning Computer Architecture and Organization (CAO), Operating Systems (OS), and basic mathematics are necessary. 
Assumed previous knowledge
(additional) requirement(s) for minor students: Maths A level or equivalent and basic programming skills
Module 5
Participating study
Required materials
All: Computer Architecture and Organization; An Integrated Approach; Miles J. Murdocca and Vincent P. Heuring; ISBN 978-0-471-73388-1
Course material
EE: Calculus, a complete course, Robert A Adams, 8e druk, ISBN: 9780321781079
Course material
TCS: Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics and its Applications” (5e druk) van Ralph P. Grimaldi ISBN 0-321-21103-0 (paperback), 0-201-72634-3 (hardcover).
Course material
TCS: Scintilla - Breadboard (small), - Breadboard Jumper kit (pins on one side, sockets on the other side), - Led 5mm, - LDR (light dependent resistor), - Resistor 330 ohms through hole, - Resistor 1Kohms, - Capacitor 10uF
Course material
TCS: IAPC Shop - Raspberry Pi model 3 or 4 (4 is recommended) - Pi Housing - Power supply with USB type C cable - Ethernet cable and network card - MicroSD card (>= 8GB) and SD card reader
Recommended materials
Course material
TCS: Operating Systems, Internals and Design Principles Edition 8 or 9, William Stallings, ISBN 978-0-13-380591-8
Instructional modes


Live & pre-recorded

Project supervised

Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance


Online & Hybrid (in the University and online)
Computer Architecture and -Organisation

Operating Systems

IT & Law


Additional Requirements

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