O.6 Computer Architecture

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This knowledge unit ensures students understand the components that comprise a computing system and possess the ability to assess processor design and organization alternatives as they impact functionality and performance of a system.

Specific topics to be covered in this knowledge unit include, but are not limited to:

  • Organization of computer and processor architectures
  • Instruction set design alternatives
  • Processor implementation
  • Memory system hierarchy
  • Buses
  • I/O systems
  • Factors affecting performance

Outcome: Students will be able to define devices of electronic digital circuits and describe how these components are interconnected. They will be able to integrate individual components into a more complex digital system and understand the data path through a CPU.