Submitted by Hugh_Hughes on Sun, 08/18/2019 - 19:29
Module Title
Computer Fundamentals
Module Credits
Module Semester
Module Status

The aim of this module is to provide learners with the theoretical and practical skills in the installation, configuration, troubleshooting, fault diagnosis and reporting of computer components and systems.


This module will ensure learners meet the following objectives:

  • Provide leaners with a theoretical and practical understanding of the workings of the modern personal computer.
  • Acquire knowledge related to associated peripheral and I/O devices.
  • Acquire practical skills to configure, upgrade and diagnose hardware and operating system faults.
  • Possess and awareness of mobile and embedded devices.

    Computer Architectures and Components

    • History of computers
    • Von Neumann and Harvard Architectures
    • Circuits and Logic
    • CPU, Memory, Input and Output
    • Fetch-execute cycle, ALU, PC, Control Unit
    • Primary and Secondary storage
    • Performance enhancement
    • Memory hierarchy, cache memory
    • Hardware and Software overview

    Assembly and Disassembly of a Computer System

    • Lab Procedures and Tool Use
    • Safety and ESD
    • Assembly and component installation
    • Boot the Computer

    Preventative Maintenance and Troubleshooting

    • Preventative Maintenance Tasks
    • Environmental Concerns
    • Troubleshooting Process
    • Common problems and solutions

    Operating System Fundamentals

    • Characteristics and Types
    • Storage device preparation
    • Boot process and registry

    DOS/Windows and Unix-based Operating Systems

    • Common types of OS
    • Desktop Environments
    • File systems
    • Command Line Interface (CLI)
    • Operating system upgrades

    Mobile and Embedded Devices

    • Laptops, smartphones, tablets and embedded devices
    • Embedded system architectures and applications
    • Typical hardware and software
    • Input and Output devices, sensors, indicators and actuators
      Module Assessment
      Continuous Assessment