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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 01.10.2017
Module code: PIB-RAR
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.
2V+2P (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: 2
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.

PIB-RAR (P221-0037) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , semester 2, mandatory course
PRI-RAR (P221-0037) Production Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2023 , semester 2, 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):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
PIB-MP Microprocessor Technology

[updated 01.02.2018]
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Steffen Knapp
Prof. Dr. Steffen Knapp

[updated 06.02.2020]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will understand digital circuits (switching networks, switching devices) and will be able to analyze and design them. This practical course will help students acquire the necessary experience to develop and build important applications, especially in the field of computer technology.
Students will learn how digital computers are structured, organized and how they operate. They will be able to bring the architectural elements of a computer together, at register level, to create an example architecture. By understanding command processing, addressing techniques and concepts such as pipeline and cache, the participants will acquire the necessary knowledge to understand modern computer architectures.

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Module content:
Part I:
 1. Introduction
 2. Combinational circuits
  2.1 Basics
  2.2 Normal forms
  2.3 Minimization of switching functions
  2.4 Examples
 3. Sequential circuits
  3.1 Flip flops
  3.2 Registers, shift registers
  3.3 Counters
  3.4 Examples
Part II:
 1. Representing numbers in the computer
 2. Von Neumann architecture
 3. Memory components
 4. Sequential control
 5. Microprogramming
 6. Instruction set architecture
 7. Interrupt handling
 8. RISC processors
 9. Pipelining
10. Cache

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Recommended or required reading:
Part I:
Borgmeyer: Grundlagen der Digitaltechnik, Hanser-Verlag, 2001
Borucki: Grundlagen der Digitaltechnik, Teubner-Verlag, 2000
Beuth: Digitaltechnik, Vogel Verlag, 2003
Urbanski: Digitaltechnik, Springer Verlag, 2004
Part II:
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:
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