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CS1520: COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

Beginning with digital logic gates and progressing to the design of combinational and sequential circuits, this course use these fundamental building blocks as the basis for what follows: the design of an ARM microprocessor. In addition, students will get hands on experience with programming using ARM assembly language which is the inner language spoken by the processor. By the end of the course, students will have a top-to-down understanding of how a microprocessor works. The course is taught without prerequisites; students are taught with plenty of exercises from lectures, tutorials, practical and tests every week. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Robert Duncan
  • Dr Alessandro Moura

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CS1512 Foundations of Computing Science 2 (Studied)
  • CS1515 Foundations of Computing Science 2 (Studied)
  • KL159B Foundations of Computing Science 2 (Studied)
  • SF1507 Computer Architecture (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

  • Basics: Number Systems, (Decimal Binary Hexadecimal), Binary Addition, Logic Gates, Transistors, Power Consumption, Boolean Algebra, Multiplexer/Decoders/Timing, Latches and Flip-Flops, Finite State Machines.
  • Building Blocks: Arithmetic Circuits, Number Systems (Fixed-Point, Floating-Point), Memory Arrays, Logic Arrays.
  • Assembly Language, Machine Language, Addressing Modes, Program execution, Heaps and stacks.
  • Microarchitecture: Single-Cycle Processor, Multicycle Processor, Pipelined Processor.
  • Memory Systems: Caches, Virtual Memory.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 26 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35

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Summative Assessments

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Feedback

Formative feedback for in-course assessments will be provided in written form. Additionally, formative feedback on performance will be provided informally during practical sessions.

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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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