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Introduction to Computers

Code: CC1002     Acronym: CC1002     Level: 100

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Computer Science

Instance: 2017/2018 - 1S

Active? Yes
Web Page: http://www.dcc.fc.up.pt/~lblopes/aulas/ic/
Responsible unit: Department of Computer Science
Course/CS Responsible: Bachelor in Computer Science

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:B 2 Official Study Plan 3 - 6 56 162
L:CC 56 Plano de estudos a partir de 2014 1 - 6 56 162
L:F 4 Official Study Plan 2 - 6 56 162
L:G 1 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 56 162
L:M 3 Official Study Plan 2 - 6 56 162
L:Q 3 study plan from 2016/17 3 - 6 56 162
MI:ERS 96 Plano Oficial desde ano letivo 2014 1 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Luís Miguel Barros Lopes

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Laboratory Practice: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Luís Miguel Barros Lopes 2,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 6 12,00
Luís Miguel Barros Lopes 4,00
Michel Celestino Paiva Ferreira 6,00
Miguel João Gonçalves Areias 2,00

Teaching language



The students should be able to undestand how a digital computer works, including concepts in architecture and operating systems, and have a broad perspective of Computer Science.

Learning outcomes and competences

The students should the basics of:

- the operation and structure of a digital computer;

- operating systems

- programming languages

They should be able to use command line interfaces, and program in Bash shell.

Working method



1. Key ideas in Computer Architecture. Digital representation and processing of information. Computer Organization, main components. Abstract models of machines. Programmable macghines: machine language, assemblers and minimal assemblers.


2. Programming Languages: history, taxonomy. Programming paradigms. Syntax and Semantics. Compilers vs interpreters. Loaders and linker. Programming tools.


3. Operating Systems (main Linux/Unix). file systems. Processes. Main memory. command Languages. Utitilities, Input/Output. 

Mandatory literature

Brookshear J. Glenn; Computer science. ISBN: 9780273751397 pbk

Complementary Bibliography

John L. Hennessy, David A. Patterson; Computer Organization and Design : the Hardware/Software Interface , Morgan Kaufmann

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes: exposition of concepts.


Practical classes: task based.


Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 75,00
Teste 25,00
Total: 100,00

Calculation formula of final grade

Final Grade = 0.75 * E + T 


E: grade in final exam (0-20)
T: grade in practical assignment (0-5)

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