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Undergraduate Course: Computer Design (INFR09010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://course.inf.ed.ac.uk/cd Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the different ways computers can be analysed and designed. The course does not look at the differences between machines with different types of instruction set, nor does it cover design techniques for extracting maximum performance from computers - these aspects of computer hardware are covered in the Computer Architecture course. The issues and techniques covered in the Computer Design course are relevant to the design of all computers, regardless of their particular architecture.

The course is partitioned into three sections. The short first section revises the design of combinational and sequential logic. The second section demonstrates how to analyse and design systems of the complexity of a simple CPU or I/O controller. The third section of the course covers the design of a complete computer capable of executing assembly code programs and different control strategies for performing I/O.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)