Undergraduate Course: Digital System Design 4 (ELEE10007)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is lecture based and is taken by all students taking the forth year of electronics and/or electrical engineering degree in Semester 2. It comprises one 22 lecture module with 8 tutorials. It is assessed 100% by examination. The course covers: Computer Architecture ( from a hardware perspective); Components of Computers; Microprocessor Design; and Parallel Computing Architectures
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Students should be familiar with combinational and sequential logic circuit design, understand and be able to design state machines. They should also understand datapaths and be familiar with the associated arithmetic circuits.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||2 hour Examination, Questions:1 in Section A (20 marks), 2 from 3 in Section B (20 marks each), 60 marks total.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
| At the conclusion of the course the students should be able to:
1. Understand digital logic.
2. Understand the different types of computer: embedded, PCs, data-centres, supercomputing; and be able to evaluate the design trade-offs.
3. Discern the differences between software and hardware description languages.
4. Evaluate processor performance: CPU time, instruction count, CPI, benchmarks, power consumption and cost effectiveness.
5. Evaluate the performance improvements from parallel computing architectures.
6. Understand instruction sets: RISC, CISC, types of instruction.
7. Understand and evaluate processor architectures: pipelining, hazards, and branch prediction.
8. Understand computer memory and caching: direct mapped, set-associative and multi-level caches.
9. Evaluate cache performance.
10. Understand I/O and peripherals and evaluate their performance: throughput, latency.
11. Understand the design of modern processors with parallel architectures.
12. Understand the design and implementation of graphics processor units (GPUs)
|1. Computer Organisation and Design, The Hardware / Software Interface, Patterson & Hennesey, 4th Edition. |
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Stokes
Tel: (0131 6)50 5611
|Course secretary||Mrs Sharon Potter
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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