Detail syllabus of BCa [Hons.] course

magadh university, bodh-gaya

Degree Part -I


Full Marks 10                                                    ( Theory -75, Practical - 25)

computer fundamentals

Introduction to computers : What is Computer ? Comparison between computer and human brain, Characteristics of Computer, Computer applications.

History of Computers : Initial development, Generation of Computer, Evolution of Personal Computers.

Computer Organisation : Basic units of computer, Block diagram of Computer, Input Unit, Processing Unit, Output Unit, Storage Unit.

Types of Printers : Hard Copy output, Impact Printers, Non-Impact Printers, Serial and Line Printers, Dot-Matrix Printers, Laser Printers, Daisy wheel printers, Drum and Chain Printers, Thermal Printers.

External storage devices : SASD, DASD, Punch Cards, Magnetic Tapes, Blocking utilization factor, Magnetic Disk, Tracks, Sectors, Seek Time, Rotational latency, Access time, Numerical problems.

Type of Computers : Digital, Analog, Hybrid Computers, General purpose Computers, Turnkey Systems, Micro Computers, Mini Computers, Mainframes, Super Computers.

Data Representation : Number systems, Binary System, Binary to decimal and Decimal to Binary Conversion, Binary addition, 2s compliment representation, Binary substraction, ASCII and EBCDIC coding.

Computer Software : Machine language, Assembly language, High level languages, Compilers, Interpreters, Assemblers.

Centralised Processing, Decentralised Processing, Distributed Processing, Management Information System.

Processing modes : Uniprocessor, Multiprocessor, Batch Processing, Off  Line Data Entry, On-line processing, On-line data entry, Real time processing, Time Sharing Processing , Electronic Mail, Tele text, Tele Conferencing.

Programming Concepts : Programme definition, Characteristics of good programme, Programming Steps, algorithms, Flow Charts.

Introduction to Computer Architecture

Introduction to microprocessors and associated components, Timer, Display Controllers, DMA controllers.

Block diagram of IBM PC, Evolution of microprocessor, Family of Intel microprocessor, Introduction to 8086 & 8088 architecture.

Functional description  of  various modules & Cards, CISC & RISC Technology, Various types of displays and other peripherals used in IBM PCs.

Boot process in IBM PC. System Files, Self text

Disk Operating System - Introduction. File Management, Directory Structure in DOS. Internal and External commands of  DOS, Batch files, Configuration files, System files, COM, BIN, SYS, EXE & TXT files.

Programming Logic & Design Techniques :

Programme development, Low-level Programming language, high-level languages, Programming logic, programming techniques, programming Tools, programme maintenance. Techniques of programming ( Algorithm, flowchart, pseudocodes ). Introduction to programming in QBASIC, structured programming - Introduction, Need of structured programming Development of programs in QBASIC.


Visit to Computer Lab. Introduction to various components of computer. A simple documentation preparation & printing. Usage of printer & other components.

Use of External & Internal DOS Commands. Programming in QBASIC.

Physical inspection of IBM PC  and internal cards. Introduction to nomenclature   ( COM1, COM2 etc.) Writing batch files for various purposes. Modify config.sys files, Creating using QBASIC programmes.

Reference Books:

1.Fundamentals of Computer     P. K. Sinha

2.Computers fundamentals        B.Ram        

3.Computer Architecture     (Schaums outline)CARTER, TMH

4 IBM PC and Clones:

Hardware Troubleshooting

and maintenance           Govindarajalu, TMH

5. How to solve it by computer  Dromy, PHI

paper ii

Full Marks 100                                                             (Theory -75, Practical-25)

operating systems

Introduction to various categories of softwares. Operating System and its function interaction of operating System with hardware and user programme., various components of operating system with reference to DOS, BIOS, BIOS and DOS interrupts. Single User operating system, Task loader, Memory management., Device Management. Control of various devices .  Device drivers interrupts driven and poll driven data transfers . Need of software & Hardware protocols., Multi User , Multi Tasking, Multi processing and Real time operating system,. Introduction to memory management Techniques., File systems, File management,Process management and scheduling., Special requirements and facilities for multiprocessing environment., Examples of multiprocessing operating systems. Introduction to UNIX. User management in UNIX .

Computers in office automation : Nature and uses of information, Formal and Informal information and communication,Gathering and presenting Informations, system life cycle, Documentation, Testing, Debugging, Impementation

business applications

Database organisation, Data base files, records , fields, Types of files in database.

File organisation : Sequential file, Random file, Indexed file, Foxpro, MS- Office, Windows 98/2000.

foxpro :

viewing and editing data

Foxpro - version, features requirements of hardware and software;        Foxpro - Menu System; Creating database file , operation of database( create, list, append, close, quit); Foxpro - data type.; Data displaying and monitoring commands : DISPLAY, LIST, LOCATE, EDIT, CHANGE, BROWSe, replace, delete, recall, pack, ( all commands with varrious options.); File Utilities in Foxpro-  display directory, copy, delete, rename.

indexing, sorting and printing report

Indexing concept and sorting;                 Sort Commands - Single & Multiple Key; Advantages and disadvantages of sort; Indexing Vs sorting & multiple Key;        Indexing, find, seek, Rushmore Technology; Foxpro Report - its creation, feature & Utilities, Preview, Printing custom Report, grouping and sub grouping.;        Foxpro Level - Designing and Printing.

memory variable, keyboard macros and function

Memory variables- creation and uses, simple  vs  array; Saving and restoring memory variables; ? / ?? / ??? commands; Time & date functions and commands, date arithmetic; Converting defining function keys.;         Keyboard Macros-creating and using; Arithmetic operations, Mathematical Functions, mathematical commands,statistical functions

Programming and error debugging :

Concepts of foxpro commands files, modify commands; Conditioning, branching and looping within programme  file with Do-While, Enddo, if-Endif, Scan- Endscan, For- Endfor, Docase- Endcase, Text-        Endtext, Executing commands from other command  files, Macro        subtitution;Common Error Message; Debugging techniques and commands.

Multiple data file and custom screens :

Concepts of multiple Database file, Using multiple database - set  relation, update, append from, copy to, join, Relation Query by Example.; Create custom screen with @@_GET, @_Edit, @ say_get_read, creating Box and Line, User define functions, custom screen designing and there uses, FoxDoc for documentation.


       Development of a batch files to install software from floppy to disk.

       Development of a batch files to manage various packages on the disk.

       Detection of viruses and protection packages on IBM PC. MS-Office,Windows 98 / 2000.

Text & Reference Books:

1.        Foxpro for windows                        R. K.Taxali    BPB Publications        

2.        Foxpro made simple                          R. K. Taxali, BPB

3.        mastering foxpro 2.5                bpb Publication

4.        Operating System Concepts                Galvin,PeterBeier, Addison Wesley Publication

                                               Abrahm Sltberschatz                

5        Microsoft Office-2000                Sagman, Pearson Education India.

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