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EE40GA: COMPUTER AND SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

Course studies the interplay between computer architecture and software design, with the aim to devise efficient systems for a broad range of applications. Processor architecture features (pipeline and cache) are discussed in parallel with the software techniques (for high-level programming or compilation) required to fully exploit the potential of modern hardware.

Hands-on activities include design and execution of small software projects. Alternative software implementations of a target algorithm are compared to understand differences in performance (e.g. execution speed) resulting from the different interactions with the hardware architecture. This allows students to test and deepen their understanding of the subject.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Fabio Verdicchio

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic) (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electr and Electro) Edin Col (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either EE3560 Digital Electronic Systems (Passed) or EE3580 Digital Systems (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Computer Engineering - the course studies the impact that the application domain, operating systems, technology, high-level languages, compilers have on computer architecture.

Software Engineering - the course studies formal techniques for software development; the interplay of software design and hardware architecture is studied with the aim to improve the performance real-life applications based on modern general purpose microprocessors.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic)
  • Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination paper (80%) and in-course assessment (20%).

Formative Assessment

The course will include opportunities to assess individual progress with the concepts and material being delivered via laboratory exercises. Feedback will be given over the course of the lab exercises as to the presentation and content of the submissions.

Feedback

Marked submissions (typically via MyAberdeen) will be returned to the students promptly, including feedback on the laboratory exercises. Whole-class feedback and solutions to past assignment or exams are provided via MyAberdeen.

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