Computer Architecture I

Information and Communication Technologies, Publication in the Diário da República - Plano 4 - 2010/2011

5.5 ECTS; 1º Ano, 1º Semestre, 30,0 PL + 30,0 TP


Not applicable.

On completion of this unit, students should be provided with basic knowledge of electronics and microprocessors.

1-Basics of Numbering; 2-Analogue and digital circuits. 3-Boolean algebra and logic circuits
4-Computer architecture. CPU, Bus controllers; 5-Management of Interrupts and Traps, Multitasking and multiprocessing. 6-Structure of the I/O system. Synchronous and asynchronous device drivers , DMA; 7-Memory, Registers, Cache Memory, RAM, Hard disk; 8-Operating systems

Evaluation Methodology
- Theoretical assessment - 50%, with a minimum mark of 8/20.
- Practical assessment - 30%, with a minimum mark of 10/20. Average grade of 3 lab assignments, each with a minimum grade of 8/20.
- Continuous assessment, 20% or equivalent


Method of interaction
1-Theoretical/practical classes including case study analysis.

2-Laboratory classes
Problem solving

Software used in class