Computer Architecture Fundamentals
2010-2011 - IMT2272 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should have knowledge within subjects of digital fundamentals with emphasis on subjects relative to computer architecture. The student should know about technical principles for modern computer architecture and low-level programming. The student should be able to understand the relation between hardware and software and the relation between low-level and high-level programming.


Digital Fundamentals: Number systems, codes, Boolean algebra, karnaugh map, logical and combinatory circuits, adders, latches and flip-flops, sequential circuits, synthesis of synchronous circuits, multiplexers, demultiplexers, counters, memory circuits.

Computer architecture examplified by microprocontrollers and PC systems (microprocessors):
Programming of microcontroller and microprocessor (C-programming and assembly programming), architecture, CPU, busses and internal memory, parallel/serial in/out circuits, interrupt, timers, DMA, numerical processors, use of ADC, cache memory, branch prediction, pipelining, RISC/CISC architecture.

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work
Mandatory assignments
Project work

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Graded by course instructor(s).

Coursework Requirements

3 Project(s) (must have been approved by teacher)

Teaching Materials

William Stallings: Computer Organization & Architecture. 7th edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall.

V. Johansen: Emnehefte - Digitalteknikk - 2009 ISSN: 1503-3708/Kompendium 2009-1

V. Johansen: Emnehefte - Mikrokontrollere - 2009 ISSN: 1503-3708/Kompendium 2009-3

V. Johansen: Emnehefte - Mikroprosessorer - 2009 ISSN: 1503-3708/Kompendium 2009-2