Computer Fundamentals

By Prof. Sanjay Tanwani   |   Devi Ahilya Viswavidyalaya, Indore
Learners enrolled: 10858
Computer science is an essential part of our daily life. Almost everything around us are associated with computer hardware and/or software. Invention in technology is directly associated with the computer science. That’s the reason to study this subject. This course is generic in nature, anyone from any discipline can opt this course to learn computer basics.

This course deals with fundamentals of computer. Which includes generations of computer, evolution and development of microprocessor, input and output devices, primary and secondary storage devices, programming languages etc. It also deals with the hardware and software aspects of the computer like operating system, application software and system software. It provides an overview of functions and working of central processing unit, motherboard and other peripherals.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Computer Science and Engineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 08 Aug 2019
End Date : 31 Oct 2019
Enrollment Ends : 31 Aug 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Weeks Weekly Lecture Topics
Week 1 Introduction to Computer : Functional Block Diagram
Computer : History and Development
Evolution of Computer
An Introduction to Computer

Week 2 Overview of Computer : Input Devices, Part-1
Overview of Computer : Input Devices, Part-2
Overview of Computer : Input Devices, Pat-3
Overview of Computer : Output Devices, Part-1

Week 3 Overview of Computer : Output Devices, Part-2
Computer : Audio Input and Output Devices
Computer : An Introduction to Storage Device
Permanent Storage Devices - An Overview of Computer
An Overview of Computer Memory
Computer : Memory Management

Week 4 Computer : Working of CPU
Computer : Working of 8088 CPU
Evolution and Development of Microprocessors, Part-1
Evolution and Development of Microprocessors, Part-2
Cooling Mechanism of Computer Components
Computer : Components of Motherboard
Computer : Cabinet, Power Supply &UPS

Week 5 Micro-Programming, Part-1
Micro-Programming, Part-2
Central Processing Unit : Interrupt, Part-1
Central Processing Unit : Interrupt, Part-2
Device Driver, Part- 1
Device Driver, Part- 2

Week 6 Internet : An Introduction
An Introduction to Computer - Networking
Multimedia, Basic Elements
Multimedia System
Overview of Computer Hardware & Software

Week 7 Operating System Softwares
Computer Softwares - Application Software
An Introduction to Computer - Operating System
Operating System : Utility Software Tools
Disk Operating System, Part-1

Week 8 Disk Operating System, Part-2
Disk Operating System, Part-3
Flow Charts & Programs
Basics of Linker & Loader
Assembly Language & Assembler
Introduction to Compilers
Debugger Software
Computer Software : Editor Part 1

Week 9 Computer Software :Editor Part 2
Programming Languages
Control Panel Settings

Week 10 Instruction Set of 8086/8088 Microprocessor Part 1
Instruction Set of 8086/8088 Microprocessor Part 2
Instruction Set of 8086/8088 Microprocessor Part 3
Instruction Set of 8086/8088 Microprocessor Part 4
Instruction Set of 8086/8088 Microprocessor Part 5

Week 11 Keyboard Controller
Interrupt & DMA Controller
Clock Generator & Bus Controller
Math Co-processor
Hard Disk Drive and Controller

Week 12 Display Controller
Serial Interface Part-1
Serial Interface, Part-2
Parallel Interface & Printer Port
Universal Serial Bus (USB)

Books and references

• Tanenbaum A.S.: Structured Computer Organization, EEE, Prentice hall India, 5th Edition.
• Stallings W.: Computer Organization & Architecture, Prentice hall India, 5th Edition.
• Rajaraman V.: Fundamentals of Computers, EEE, Prentice Hall India.
• Kamra A. and Bhambri P (2008): Computer Peripherals and Interfaces, Technical Publication, Pune.
• “IBM PC and Clones- hardware Troubleshooting & Maintenance”, B. Govindrajalu, Tata McGraw Hill.
• “The Complete PC Upgrade and Maintenance Guide”, 16th edition, Mark Minasi, Wiley India.
• “Hardware Bible, Premier Edition”, Winn L Rosch, Techmedia.

Instructor bio

Prof. Sanjay Tanwani, Professor & Head, School of Computer Science& Information Technology, Devi Ahilya Vishvavidyalaya, Indore, has experience of 29 years in teaching, research and programing. He also worked in industry, done consultancy & development work for package based software like 'Thermal Simulation of buildings' and contributed in the development of various softwares, like examination system, payroll system, and entrance examinations for the Devi Ahilya Vishvavidyalaya, Indore.

Course certificate

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