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Course Detail

Course Name Computer Hardware Essentials
Course Code 19CSE180
Program B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering
Semester 1
Year Taught 2019



Disassembling a PC to its basic components, identifying the components, bus subsystems, main chipsets on the motherboard (northbridge, southbridge), and reassembling it back.


Building a fully functional computer using Raspberry Pi (e.g., Pi Zero W), small low cost HDMI/VGA display, user input devices, running Linux. Reinstalling and configuring on-board Linux. Connecting to network.


Physical Computing Basic: Reading GPIO input and output using command line tools (gpio utility) and simple python scripts.

Preamble and Outcomes


Computer Hardware Essentials is designed to introduce students to a basic understanding of the different types of computing devices, computer components (CPU, memory, power supplies, etc.), and Operating systems as well as maintaining and troubleshooting the basic hardware and software issues.

Course Outcomes

The student at the end of the course will

CO Statement Level
CO1 Understanding the working principles of different computing devices (desktop computers, laptops, etc.) L2
CO2 Understand PC and laptop hardware components. L2
CO3 Understand peripheral devices, storage devices, displays and connection interfaces and Troubleshoot common hardware issues L2
CO4 Understand the procedure for Installation of OS – Linux and Supporting, upgrading and troubleshooting OS related issues. L3
CO5 Understand the concepts of Physical Computing and related use cases L3

CO – PO Mapping

Cos PO1 PO2 PO3 PO4 PO5 PO6 PO7 PO8 PO9 PO10 PO11 PO12 PSO1 PSO2
CO1 3 1 1 3 2
CO2 3 2 1 3 2
CO3 2 1 3 2
CO4 1 1 2 3 2
CO5 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 3 2

Text Books / References

Text Book

  • Margolis M. Arduino Cookbook: Recipes to Begin, Expand, and Enhance Your Projects.Third Edition, O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 2014.

Reference Book(s)

  • Halsey M. Windows10 Troubleshooting. Apress; 2016.
  • Soyinka W. Linux Administration: A Beginner’s Guide. Fifth Edition, Mc Graw Hill Professional;2008.

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