This study of computer architecture covers the central processor unit, memory unit and I/0 unit, number systems, character codes and I/O programming. Programming assignments provide practice working with assembly language techniques, including looping, addressing modes, arrays, subroutines, and macros. Microsoft assembler is discussed and used for programming throughout the course.
- Understand how various types of information, including numbers, text, images and programs, are represented in the computer in the form of binary data.
- Understand how the computer performs arithmetic and logic operations on binary data.
- Study the basic components of a computer – the CPU, memory system, storage and other peripheral devices, their individual operations, and how they work together to execute programs and interact with the computer user.
- Understand a program written in high-level programming language is translated into assembly language and machine code, and how the compiled code is executed in hardware.
- Understand the interaction between the CPU and memory in executing program instructions.
- Understand the digital circuits, from basic logic gates to combinatorial and sequential circuits that form CPU data path and memory elements.
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