Introduction to Computer Architectures - COM00001C

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Mike Freeman
  • Credit value: 15 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2016-17

Module occurrences

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2016-17 to Summer Term 2016-17

Module aims

The aim of this module is to understand the key architectural components of a computer system and the ways that these are constructed in hardware

Module learning outcomes

  • Explain the concepts of an instruction, algorithm and a program and evaluate their requirements and suitability for a specified computer architecture.
  • Demonstrate how information can be represented using different number bases and their suitability for a given technology.
  • Describe the three main architectural components of a computer: control, data processing and memory, their interactions and how concurrency within these components can be used to improve processing performance.
  • Describe a solution to a simple problem in terms of an algorithm and demonstrate how this can be converted into an assembly language program.
  • Design a simple computer architecture from basic building blocks i.e. CPU, Memory, IO / Peripheral devices and system buses. Analyse its performance in terms of cost, complexity and processing speed.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Introduction to Computer Architectures - Architecture Design
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Introduction to Computer Architectures (ICAR)
2 hours 75

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Introduction to Computer Architectures - Architecture Design
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Introduction to Computer Architectures (ICAR)
2 hours 75

Module feedback

Model answers and solutions to exercise sheets and laboratory sessions

Key texts

*** J.Hennessy, D.Patterson Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach (2nd Edition) Morgan Kaufmannn 1990

*** W.Stallings Computer Organization and Architecture: Design For Performance (8th Edition) Pearson 2010



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