Computing Science

Rate this resource

The objective of this book is to provide a grounding in all the major aspects of computing taken from the stand point of how computing was in the early 1980s. Whilst some of the sections are out of date, they have value in putting modern day computing into perspective. Other sections have value in that the basic principles are still valid. The book has five sections.

[b]Principles of computing[/b] explores the concepts of computing including hardware, software and algorithms; data such as binary coding, floating point numbers and self-checking codes; data structures including strings, arrays, stacks, queues, lists and trees; computer arithmetic and Boolean logic.

[b]Computer hardware[/b] considers logic circuits, computer structure, processor architecture, processor operation, advanced processor features, peripheral devices and processor case studies.

[b]Computer software[/b] takes a look at assembly languages, assemblers, high level languages, high level language case studies, compilers and interpreters, operating systems, operating system case studies and other systems software.

[b]Computer applications[/b] describes the principles of data processing including real-time systems, database systems and flowcharts; files including sorting, merging and searching; databases, data communication, applications case studies, the computing industry and data processing personnel.

[b]Computing in context[/b] puts computing in perspective and looks at the future of computing as seen from 1981.

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.


Published by


Share this resource

Lists that tag this content