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Computer Architecture PRK503

ECTS 7 | P 30 | A 15 | L 15 | K 15 | ISVU 62521 | Academic year: 2019./2020.

Course groups

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Course lecturers

ALEKSI IVAN, Lecturer
ALEKSI IVAN, Associate
HOCENSKI ŽELJKO, Lecturer

Course description

Basic features of a digital computer. Microprocessor. 8-bit microprocessor architecture. System busses. Microcomputer operation: instruction fetch and execution. Instruction set. Addressing modes. Instruction execution time. Personal computer architecture. Intel microprocessor family. Address decoders and bus drivers. Motherboards and specific busses. Input-output functional units. Parallel input/output interface (PIO). Parallel busses and basic protocols (AT/ISA, SCSI, PCI, GPIB). Serial interface (UART, SIO). Serial busses and protocols (RS-232, RS-485, USB, IEEE-1394, IIC). Timing circuits (CTC). Memory devices. Memory organisation: Cache and virtual memory. Memory management. External storage. Magnetic media (Floppy, HDD). Optical disks (CD-ROM, CD-R/W, DVD). Direct memory access (DMA). Basic input/output methods. Interrupts. Modern microprocessor and computer architecture. Self-diagnostics. Reliability. Design and diagnostics tools and equipment.

Knowledge and skills acquired

In classes and by carrying out individual work, students acquire knowledge of computer architecture, microprocessor and microprocessor systems, technological characteristics and production specifications. Students learn how to recognise specific computer design problems and solving methods. They acquire skills of applying modern software tools for hardware and software design, simulation and verification. Students learn design methods for logic circuits and structures by using integrated logic circuits, programmable logic circuits and microprocessor systems, tools and instruments for development and diagnostic as logic probes, digital oscilloscopes, PAL and GAL programming tools, logic analysers and software tools for digital design (such as MicroSim, OrCAD, Cadence, etc.).

Teaching methods

Lectures using multimedia presentations, individual learning using CD ROM, e-learning using multimedia programmes like WebCT, reading papers, exercises with solved problems, individual problem solving and team work, laboratory practice on ready-made models and construction of students’ own simple circuits and devices.

Student requirements

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Monitoring of students

Defined by the Student evaluation criteria of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology Osijek and paragraph 1.9

Student assessment

Solving simple individual problems and encouraging team work on more complex problems. On-line testing using e-learning tools like WebCT with questions data base. Assessment of laboratory work as well as design, construction, testing and presentation of own simple circuits and devices. Oral exam with students for the purpose of awarding the final grade

Obligatory literature

1. 1 Hocenski Ž; .Martinović, G; .Aleksi,I. Arhitektura računala - Zbirka zadataka ETF Osijek 2010.

2. 2 Williams, R. Computer Systems Architecture Addison Wesley, 2001.


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Recommended additional literature

1. 1 S. Ribarić Arhitektura računala Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1990

2. 2 J.L. Hennessy, D.A. Patterson Computer Architecture, A Quantitative Approach Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1990.

3. 3 V.P. Heuring, Harry F. Jordan Computer Systems Design and Architecture Addison-Wesley, 1997.

4. 4 Ž. Hocenski, G. Martinović, M. Antunović Arhitektura računala - Priručnik za laboratorijske vježbe ETF Osijek, 2005.

Examination methods

Knowledge assessment during the semester, individual problem solving and oral exam.

Course assessment

Conducting university questionnaires on teachers (student-teacher relationship, transparency of assessment criteria, motivation for teaching, teaching clarity, etc.). Conducting Faculty surveys on courses (upon passing the exam, student self-assessment of the adopted learning outcomes and student workload in relation to the number of ECTS credits allocated to activities and courses as a whole).

Overview of course assesment

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. explain computer hardware

2. analyse the functioning of computer system components

3. explain the connection, serial and parallel data transfer

4. design a software solution in assembly language

5. apply programming tools and environments for programme designing

6. evaluate and test the functioning of a designed computer system



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