module specification

CT1044 - Computer Hardware and Software Architecture (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Computer Hardware and Software Architecture
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Computing and Digital Media
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   In-Class Tests
Practical Examination 50%   Practical *FC*
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module discusses the basics of Information Technology. It covers different computer types
and software applications. A brief overview of the Internet is also included. The student will
identify the basic features of the Windows operating system and the elements of the Windows
Additionally, the student will learn several vocabulary words, which are important in the IT
industry. The student will also examine the methods used in number conversions. Explanations
and introductions to analogue, digital, and algorithms are included.
Safety is the first priority when working with computers. This module will detail safety procedures
that pertain to the labs used throughout this course and in the workplace


Prior learning requirements


Module aims

1. To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology and basic networking [A2].
2. To provide a working technical knowledge of modern computer systems and their respective components [A3].
3. To introduce Operating systems by focusing on  Windows products, identifying similarities and differences [A2]
4. Identify the correct approach to preventive maintenance and upgrading, and troubleshooting techniques for both PC hardware and software [A3].

The module contributes towards subject IT. The graduate attributes focused on in the module are A2 and A3.


• Information Technology basics.
• Basic DIgital Logic Elements
• Computer Architecture and how computers work
• Assembly language programming
• Assembling a computer.
• Operating system fundamentals
• Windows 9x NT/2000 and XP Operating systems
• Advanced hardware fundamentals
• Servers
• Printers and printing
• Preventative maintenance and upgrading
• Troubleshooting hardware and software

Learning and teaching

The teaching and learning strategy for this module is a combination of intensive laboratory work and modern online delivery of content  Group or team work is encouraged and reinforced at the laboratory sessions especially for the social implications essay. It is however the individual student effort that is assessed.

[22 hours] Lectures (learning outcomes 1 to 6)
[66 hours] Laboratory work (learning outcomes 1 to 6)
[62 hours] Lecture-related independent learning (learning outcomes 1 to 6)
[150 hours] Total teaching and learning time 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Understand how the modern PC systems work, and the interrelation between hardware and
    software [A2, A3].
2. Explain the basic structure of modern PC hardware [A2].
3. Identify the role and importance of operating systems [A3].
4. Use preventive maintenance and solve upgrading issues [A3].
5. Implement PC hardware and software troubleshooting techniques. [A3].

Assessment strategy

The syllabus will be tested through multiple choice tests and practical sessions They provide formative information to both the tutor and student. Students are expected to keep a logbook of the practical session.  Two  progress tests in weeks 6 and 12 (50%).  Logbook and a practical  to be submitted in week 13 (50%).


CISCO Networking Academy Program ,  IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software, Companion Guide ISBN-10: 9781587132636
CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Seventh EditionISBN-10: 9780071701334