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Basics of Computers

Basics of Computers
  • Code: DAT1TF010
  • Extent: 4 cr (108 h)
  • Timing: 2nd semester
  • Language: English 
  • Level: core studies
  • Type: compulsory

Learning outcomes

After the course the student:

  • Understands the main parts of IT and their relations in a company. The student also understands the basics of a computer system: the architecture and the functioning
  • Will know how the computer is organised, how a program executes in a computer and  the role of the operating system in the program execution
  • Will know what the computer system components are and how they execute a given program.

Course contents

  • IT in a company
  • The architecture of a PC
  • The components of a computer and their function
  • Operating system and its role
  • Notations, conversions between notations, computer logic
  • Data representation
  • Creating and executing programs in the system
  • Ergonomics

The studies contain lectures and exercises (distance learning). To pass the course a student has to get at least half of the points of the tests. Lectures are not mandatory, but exercise-points may be achieved only by participating lectures/exercises.

Recognition of Prior Knowledge

Entry Level Test on the second study week.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact hours 72 h
Homework 35 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

Teachers responsible

Juhani Ahlgren, Pasila
Juhani Merilinna, Pasila

Course materials


Morley & Parker: Understanding Computers, 10th edition.

THOMSON Course Technology

Assessment criteria

Grade 1

Student has basic ideas how computer is built and how data is represented in it.

Grade 3

Student has good understanding how computer is built and how data is represented in a computer.

Grade 5

Student knows how to apply learned information into IT in a company.

Homework 30 %
Test 70 %

The assessment of one’s own learning does not influence the grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed online in WinhaOpaali.