Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 1
Target Students: Available to JYA/Erasmus students.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Summary of Content: The course begins by introducing the basic von Neumann architecture for stored-program digital computers and binary
representations of basic data types.It then surveys the key subsystems found in a typical PC: CPU, semiconductor memory, secondary storage, I/O and system buses. The course then describes how the operating system supplements the basic hardware facilities to make a computer easier to use for normal programming tasks. It then considers the lowest levels of normal programming: machine code and assembly language. These are illustrated using a very simple (fictional) micro-processor/assembly language. Finally the course considers some of the internal details of a typical CPU as well as alternative CPU architectures. Topics include: pipelining, cacheing, RISC, CISC and parallel machine architectures. Members of the Intel 80x86 family of micro-processors are introduced as additional real-world examples.
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Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||12 weeks||2 per week||1 hour|
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1||50||1 hr written examination|
|Coursework 1||50||Programming exercise|
Dr T Altenkirch
Education Aims: To give a broad understanding of the internal operation and structure of a modern PC or workstation. To show how a computer is built up from a relatively simple digital circuit by successive elaboration to form a number of logical layers of functionality; to show that hardware are software are often equivalent in this context. To allow the student to appreciate the typical facilities and mechanisms which underly the operation of various high-level programming operations and facilities. To allow the student to appreciate the key conceptual steps which underly the evolution or realisation of a conventional stored-program digital computer
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding To be able to write simple assembly language programs. To understand the major components (especially hardware) which make up a computer system. Intellectual Skills Professional Skills To be able to program in assembly language.
Offering School: Computer Science
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