Introduces machine language, digital logic and circuit design, data representation, conventional von Neumann architecture, instruction sets and formats, addressing, the fetch/execute cycle, memory architectures, I/O architectures, as well as hardware components, such as gates and integrated chips.
- Analyze error correction algorithms (such as Hamming code) in the design of computer components.
- Apply Boolean logic and minimizing techniques to design logic circuits.
- Apply computer architecture concepts to the design of parts of computer systems.
- Apply knowledge of memory model, instruction sets, addressing modes, and input/output features to develop assembly language programs.
- Know computer history, types and generations of computers and their application areas, major categories of instruction sets, and the difference between computer organization and computer architecture.
- Know multiprocessing and alternative architectures.
- Understand the von Neumann model and explain the communication pathways in a computer system, including data flow through the CPU (interfacing to I/O, bus control logic, and internal communications).
- Utilize electronic equipment and components to implement and test logic circuits.