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Seit WiSe 2021/22


History of Computer Systems


Dressler, Falko




Fakultät IV

Institut für Telekommunikationssysteme

34331200 FG Telekommunikationsnetze

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FT 5

Zubow, Anatolij


Learning Outcomes

"History of Computer Systems" gives an overview of the origins of computers and computer science. Participants will get a fundamental understanding about the main historical developments that lead to our modern information age. This includes topics from the realms of computation, information management, communication and software. In the seminar the students will also learn important methods like critical reading of original literature, scientific writing and presenting a topic to an audience.


Participants can choose a topic from a broad range of computer historic narratives: - Counting & calculation - Mechanical calculation - Encryption - Early computers - Mainframes & Mini-Computer - Communication - Development of the Internet - Analogcomputers - Homecomputer - Mobile Computing - Data storage and management - Computer memory - Software

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
History of Computer SystemsSEMWiSeEnglish2

Workload and Credit Points

History of Computer Systems (SEM):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
Preparation, Reading, Prepare Presentation1.030.0h30.0h
Written Report1.030.0h30.0h
90.0h(~3 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 90.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 3 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The participants of this seminar will choose a topic from computer history at the beginning of the semester. During the semester we will have weekly meetings where we then study each topic. Each participant has to prepare and hold a presentation based on original literature which will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

There are no prerequisites required to attend this seminar.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

This module has no requirements.

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 Punkte insgesamt



Test elements

Seminar Presentation30oral20 minutes
Written Report40written10 pages
Final Test30written60 minutes

Grading scale

Notenschlüssel »Notenschlüssel 1: Fak IV (1)«


Test description (Module completion)

Each participant of this seminar is expected to read the provided literature and to give a presentation of the chosen topic during the semester. The content of each presentation needs to be handed in as a written report. At the end of the semester we will have a small written test covering the topics of seminar.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 30.

Registration Procedures

Examination Office/QISPOS.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable



Recommended literature
No recommended literature given

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Elektrotechnik (B. Sc.)11SoSe 2024SoSe 2024
Informatik (B. Sc.)16WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2024
Medieninformatik (B. Sc.)16WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2024
Technische Informatik (B. Sc.)16WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2024
Wirtschaftsinformatik (B. Sc.)212WiSe 2021/22SoSe 2024


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