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Computer Architecture

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Computer Architecture
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011
Module code: PIB325
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4V (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 3
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

DFBI-322 (P610-0529) Computer Science and Web Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2018 , semester 4, mandatory course, course inactive since 08.03.2017
PIB325 (P221-0037) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2011 , semester 3, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
PIB225 Digital Electronics

[updated 19.12.2013]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
PIB525 Microprocessor Engineering
PIBWI45 Database Management

[updated 02.01.2018]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Schäfer
Prof. Dr. Matthias Leiner

[updated 19.12.2013]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will undertsand how digital computers are structured, organized and how they operate. The architecture elements of a computer will be discussed and combined to form a sample architecture. Students will also be familiar with performance enhancement techniques such as pipelining and caching, as well as interaction with peripheral components.  On the basis of case studies involving different processors, the architecture features discussed in the module will be verified.

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Module content:
1. Representing numbers in the computer
2. von Neumann architecture
3. Electronic memory
4. Instruction set architecture
5. Sequential control and microprogramming
6. RISC processors
7. Pipelining
8. Cache

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Recommended or required reading:
W. Schiffmann, R. Schmitz: Technische Informatik 2, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1999
K. Wüst, Mikroprozessortechnik, Vieweg-Verlag, Braunschweig, 2003
H. Malz, Rechnerarchitektur, Vieweg-Verlag, Braunschweig, 2004
J. L. Hennessy, D. A. Patterson: Rechnerarchitektur Analyse, Entwurf, Implementierung und Bewertung, Vieweg-Verlag, Braunschweig, 2004
P. Herrmann : Rechnerarchitektur – Aufbau Organisation und Implementierung, Vieweg-Verlag, Braunschweig, 2000

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Module offered in:
WS 2017/18, WS 2016/17, WS 2015/16, WS 2014/15, WS 2013/14, ...
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