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0478 Unit 3: Computer architecture and storage

Paper 1: Computer systems

 
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Areas Covered

  • Lesson 1: CPU architecture
  • Lesson 2: CPU performance and buses
  • Lesson 3: Embedded systems and instruction sets
  • Lesson 4: Memory
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  • Lesson 5: Secondary storage
  • Lesson 6: Cloud storage
  • Assessment

There are 6 worksheets, 6 homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

Summary - New 2023-2025 Exam Specification

This unit covers both the topics of Computer architecture and data storage. The first lesson considers CPU architecture including key components such as the ALU and Control Unit and key registers such as the PC, MAR, MDR, CIR and accumulator. In the second lesson, the factors that affect CPU performance are covered. Lessons 3 and 4 cover embedded systems, instruction sets and memory. Finally, secondary storage, virtual memory and cloud storage are all considered in the final two lessons. A careful consideration of secondary storage includes a internal understanding of how key storage technologies works, including the use of platters, tracks, sectors and electromagnets for magnetic storage, pits and lands for optical storage and NAND or NOR gates for solid-state storage. The final lesson considers cloud storage along with its advantages and disadvantages compared to local storage. At the end of the unit a final assessment test is given which covers all the lesson in the unit.

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These units have been written to satisfy the specification for the theoretical Section 1 of the Cambridge IGCSE® 0478, 0984 and O Level 2210 Computer Science courses. Each unit contains:

  • PowerPoint slides for each lesson
  • Detailed lesson plans
  • Learning objectives and outcomes
  • Worksheets and homework activities with answers
  • End-of-unit Assessment test with answers
  • Other material and links to online resources

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Inside the Unit...

  • Download Free Sample 5.2mb

    Areas Covered

    • Lesson 1: CPU architecture
    • Lesson 2: CPU performance and buses
    • Lesson 3: Embedded systems and instruction sets
    • Lesson 4: Memory
    • Download sample lesson above
    • Lesson 5: Secondary storage
    • Lesson 6: Cloud storage
    • Assessment

    There are 6 worksheets, 6 homework tasks, and an assessment test, each with answers included in this unit.

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