DST203 Introduction to Computer Architecture

Code DST203
Name Introduction to Computer Architecture
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Computer Science
Faculty Department of Computer Networks and Systems Technology
Academic staff Aigars Riekstiņš, Dmitrijs Bļizņuks, Igors Ščukins, Andrejs Kalniņš, Ēriks Kļaviņš, Lāsma Lēruma-Gūtmane, Gundars Miezītis
Credit points 3.0 (4.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Data representation; minimization and technical implementation of logical functions; basic functional elements in computers and their synthesis; organization and architecture of computers; control unit; memory and its addressing modes; input/output subsystems; direct memory; virtual memory; computer buses; machine cycle; computer architecture concept; management of computer systems; RISC and CISC architectures;.
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To train specialists, who are able to discuss the computer architecture from a theoretical point of view, compare different computer systems and CPU architectures.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Able to discuss the basic principles of the computer systems, main advantages and limitations; to demonstrate the knowledge of basic elements and technology life cycles. - Positively assessed examination that includes both theoretical questions and case studies
Able to compare different computer architectures. - Positively assessed practical (laboratory) assignment.
Able to demonstrate the understanding of manufacturers' manuals, guidelines. - Positively assessed practical (laboratory) assignment.
Able to demonstrate the understanding of operation principles of different types of computer memory, I/O and other subsystems. - Positively assessed practical (laboratory) assignment.
Able to demonstrate the understanding of different types of computer performance and reliability enhancement techniques. - Positively assessed practical (laboratory) assignment.
Course prerequisites Mathematics, basic eletrical elements

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