RESEARCH COMPUTER SYSTEMS | OTHER SUBJECT

Assignment 1-Questions

Question 1 (10 Marks)

Instructions

  1. Each student need to select one of the topics described below.
  2. Research your topic and write a short report that will help describe the hardware concept to “readers.” and should include the following:
  3. Hardware name;
  4. Description;
  5. How it works;
  6. Other devices/components can be connected to;
  7. Specifications
  8. Word limit: 400-500 words

Topics

  1. Types of Computers – supercomputers, mainframe, minicomputers, workstations, personal computers.
  2. Computer Bus Systems – the data bus, the address bus, Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) bus, VESA Local Bus (VL-Bus), Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) bus, Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  3. Digital Cameras – how do they work, types and price-points
  4. Memory Cache – internal and external cache, SRAM chips, its uses
  5. Microprocessors – how chips are made, “the clean room”, evolution of the mircochip
  6. Laptop/Notebook Computers – advantages/disadvantages, brands, features and price-points

Question 2 (5 Marks)

Instructions

 Below is a motherboard with 10 unlabelled parts (numbered 1–10, to be clear). For each of these numbers, tell us:

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  1. What the component is called?
  2. What the component is used for?
  3. In a succinct but technically write a detailed paragraph, what happens when you turn on your computer?

 Question 3 (10 Marks)

Your friend is interested in buying a brand-new computer, but unfortunately, he/she doesn’t know anything about computers.  Your friend is working with an $900 budget and is looking for a computer that will allow him/her to run all the common and most current software applications, Windows 10 operating system software, as well as allow him/her to play video games, surf the Internet, play videos and music files, etc.

Your task is to write a minimum of four paragraphs expressing an opinion on finding a computer that meets the requirements of your friend and does not exceed his/her budget.

Instructions

  1. PARAGRAPH #1 (Introduction Paragraph)
  2. State your opinion
  3. State the reasons (supporting arguments) why you hold this opinion
  4. PARAGRAPH #2-3(Body Paragraphs)
  5. Start with a topic sentence, which should essentially be a restatement of what will be your first supporting argument
  6. Provide supporting facts to support your argument

Section to be included in the report

Description of the section

Marks

Assignment 1 quiz

Online quiz on Moodle

20

Select one of the topics described

Research your topic and write a short report that will help describe the hardware concept to “readers.”

A.      Hardware name;

B.      Description;

C.      How it works;

D.      Other devices/components can be connected to;

E.       Specifications

2×5=10

Motherboard diagram

1.       What the component is called?

2.       What the component is used for?

3.       What happens when you turn on your computer?

5

Expressing an opinion on finding a computer that meets the requirements

PARAGRAPH #1 (Introduction Paragraph)

PARAGRAPH #2-3 (Body Paragraphs)

PARAGRAPH #4 (Concluding Paragraph)

 

10

Reference style

Follow IEEE reference style

5

 

Total

50

  1. End your paragraph with a concluding sentence that restates your topic and wraps up the paragraph
  2. PARAGRAPH #4(Concluding Paragraph)
  3. Restate your opinion and supporting arguments
  4. Word limit: 500-600 words
  5. Marking criteria:
  6.  

CATEGORY

HD

80%+

DI

70%-79%

CR

60%-69%

P

50%-59%

Fail

< 50%

 

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Knowledge and Understanding

Demonstrates thorough understanding of computer hardware and related terminology.

Demonstrates considerable understanding of computer hardware and related terminology.

Demonstrates some understanding of computer hardware and related terminology.

Demonstrates limited understanding of computer hardware and related terminology

Demonstrates no understanding of computer hardware and related terminology

Thinking

– Identifies and describes related terminology with great success

 

– Gives highly appropriate explanations of how each component will meet the user’s needs

 

– Identifies and describes related terminology with considerable success

 

– Gives appropriate explanations of how each component will meet the user’s needs

 

– Identifies and describes related terminology with some success

– Gives some appropriate explanations of how each component will meet the user’s needs

 

– Identifies and describes related terminology with limited success

– Gives few appropriate explanations of how each component will meet the user’s needs

 

– Identifies and describes related terminology with no success

 

– Gives no appropriate explanations of how each component will meet the user’s needs

 

Communication

Describes components with a high degree of clarity

Describes components with considerable clarity

 

Describes components with some clarity

Describes components with limited clarity

Describes components with no clarity

Application

Makes insightful connections between what to look for in a computer and the functions of each hardware component.

Makes good connections between what to look for in a computer and the functions of each hardware component

Makes some connections between what to look for in a computer and the functions of each hardware component

 

Makes limited connections between what to look for in a computer and the functions of each hardware component

Makes no connections between what to look for in a computer and the functions of each hardware component

Reference style

 

Clear styles with excellent source of references.

Clear referencing style

Generally good referencing style

Sometimes clear referencing style

Lacks consistency with many errors

               
  1. Marking Rubric for Assignment 1

 

                                           Research Computer Systems

This assessment task comprises of two parts- A and B. The student is required to select one topic from the given list, research and prepare a short report describing the concepts. The word limits should be in between 400 to 500. Then, there are few of the questions which have to be answered in question 2. Question 3 comprises of the case study. The references must be provided in clear styles from relevant sources.

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