Computer Science (COMP) 503
Information Technology Hardware and Software (Revision 4)
Area of Study: IS Foundations
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Instructor: Dr. Mahmoud Abaza
This course provides a background in hardware and software technology that will enable systems development personnel to understand the trade offs in computer architecture for effective use in a business or scientific environment. The course will explain system architecture for single-user, central, and networked computing systems; and single- and multi-user operating systems.
After completing this course, the student should be able to:
- understand general computer organization.
- understand basic microprocessor architecture and assembly language;
- understand operating system internals.
In COMP503, the learner will
- know modern computer architecture components;
- begin to write Assembly Language programs;
- obtain detailed knowledge about the internals of single-user and multi-user operating systems.
- Unit 1: Overview
- Unit 2: Process Management
- Unit 3: Storage Management
- Unit 4: Protection and Security
- Unit 5: CPU Architecture
In order to receive credit for COMP 503, you must achieve a cumulative course grade of "B-" (70 percent) or better, and must achieve an average grade of at least 60 percent on the assignments and achieve a grade of at least 60 percent on the Final Examination. Your cumulative course grade will be based on the following assessment.
- Silberschatz, A., Galvin, P. B., & Gagne, G. (2013). Operating System Concepts (9th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
The remaining learning materials for COMP 503 are delivered through Athabasca University's learning management system (LMS), Moodle. Online course materials include discussion forums, learning materials, and assignments. Assignments must be submitted online through the LMS.
The estimated weekly workload for this course is approximately:
- readings = 6 hours
- synthesis and/or exercises = 6 hours
Special Course Features
Computer Science 503 is offered in computer-mediated communications (CMC) mode, and can be completed at the student's workplace or home.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 4, August 31, 2015.
Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services