Introduction to Computer Systems

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Computer Systems

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The first component of this module is composed of three core areas: computer architecture, operating systems and computer networks, and provides foundation material and practical experience of each area. The computer architecture area covers underlying concepts, the Von Neumann architecture and investigates system technology (processors, storage, communications) in the context of modern hardware systems. The operating systems area examines the basic components of modern operating systems. The networking area addresses basic digital communications, both wired and wireless, covering LANs and WANs in the context of modern, internet-accessible computing devices.
    The second component of this module examines Theoretical Computer Science. Languages: regular expressions, context-free grammars, recursive definitions; Automata: finite automata (deterministic and non-deterministic), conversion from grammars to automata, transition graphs, push-down automata.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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