|Module Title||COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Mark Ratcliffe|
|Other staff||Dr Adrian Shaw|
|Mutually Exclusive||CS14020, CS15010|
|Course delivery||Lecture||22 lectures|
|Practical||Up to 4 x 2 hr.|
|Assessment||Supplementary examination||Will take the same form, under the terms of the Department's policy|
|Exam||2 Hours (Multiple choice)||100%|
Informal feedback on progress is provided in the form of question and answer and example examination questions sessions run in class.
2. Buses - 2 Lectures
Address, data and control buses. Basic data transfer.
3. Inside the CPU - 3 Lectures
Simple examples of instructions. The fetch-execute cycle and the program counter. Registers. ALU. Control unit. Implementing a machine code in hardware. Digital logic.
4. A real CPU example: Motorola 68000 and 68HC11 - 4 Lectures
Some machine codes and mnemonics. Addressing modes. Assembly code.
5. Executing high-level software - 4 Lectures
Machine-code equivalents of high-level constructs. Function calls. Stack frames and local variables.
6. I/O - 5 Lectures
Reading and writing data. Interrupts. Transfering large amounts of data; DMA, block I/O.
7. Exercises - 4 Practicals
Use a CPU simulator to watch instruction execution. Assembly language comprehension (probably, but not necessarily, by writing a program).