CSC1024 : Computer Architecture
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Alan Tully
- Demonstrator: Miss Laura Heels
- Other Staff: Dr Jennifer Warrender
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The main aim of this module is to introduce structured computer organisation at a number of levels of abstraction:
1. Digital logic
3. Instruction Set
4. Assembly language
Theory will be put into context by examining the architecture of a range of real microprocessors.
The secondary aim of this module is to teach assembly language programming using an emulator for a simple computer architecture.
Outline Of Syllabus
- history of computers
- example computer families
- primary memory
- secondary memory
- input/output devices
Digital Logic Level
- boolean algebra
- logic gates
- logic circuits
- Data path
- Cache memory
Instruction Set Level
- Memory Models
- Data Types
- Addressing Modes
- Instruction Types
- Flow of Control
Assembly Language Level
- The Assembly Process
Parallel Computer Architectures
- On-Chip Parallelism
- Shared Memory Multiprocessors
- Message Passing Multicompilers
- Grid Computing
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||0:30||11:00||Revision for end of semester exams|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||33||1:00||33:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||33||1:00||33:00||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||2:00||22:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||11||2:00||22:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||79||1:00||79:00||Background reading|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|PC Examination||60||1||A||50||OLAF on Blackboard|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||50||Assessed practicals (up to 30 hours)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The examination will consist of a number of factual questions corresponding to the lecture notes and a range of challenging questions which require the student to apply theory to real problems.
The assessment in Semester 2 is a practical test of assembly language programming.
Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.