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Computer Structure expands the knowledge on the hardware components that a programmer needs to know to successfully perform her tasks, such as, information processing in a computer.
Computer Structure extends the concepts that have been seen in Fundamentals of Computers. Therefore, we assume that the student has acquired the basic knowledge such as: data representation and numbering systems; the different types of digital circuits; the basic structure of a computer; computer algorithms and programming fundamentals.
Specific Bachelor Computer Engineering
 Competence to identify the computer elements and the functional principles of a computer.
 Competence to analyse the computer architecture and organization systems and network applications.
 Identify emerging communication technologies and their application to design and develop solutions based on information systems and information technologies.
- Ability to analyse and synthesize.
- Problem solving.
- Ability to plan and organize.
- Good written communication skill.
- Critical reasoning.
Any professional career related to this subject will need, at the same time, the knowledge related to hardware. Therefore, the main goal is to learn necessary concepts to understand what a computer is and to be able to develop any professional activity using it.
Unit 1: The computer
Section 1. The computer
Section 2. The Von Neumann Architecture
Section 3. The Harvard Architecture
Section 4. The evolution of computers
Unit 2: Instructions set
Section 1. Instructions set
Section 2. Addressing modes
Unit 3: The processor
Section 1. Organisation of the processor
Section 2. Instruction execution cycle
Section 3. Registers
Section 4. Arithmetic logic unit
Section 5. Control Unit
Section 6. CISC and RISC computers
Unit 4: Memory System
Section 1. Memory features
Section 2. Memory Hierarchy
Section 3. Cache Memory
Section 4. Internal memory
Section 5. External memory
Unit 5: I/O System
Section 1. Basic aspects of the I/O
Section 2. Programmed I/O
Section 3. I/O with interruptions by interrupts
Section 4. I/O with direct memory access
Section 5. Comparison of I/O techniques
Unit 6: Assembly programming (x86-64)
Section 1. Computer architecture
Section 2. Programming languages
Section 3. The assembly language for x86-64 architecture
Section 4. Introduction to the C language
Section 5. Programming concepts in assembly language and C
Unit 7: CISCA Architecture
Section 1. Computer organisation
Section 2. Instruction Set
Section 3. Format and encoding instructions
Section 4. Execution of instructions
Besides, this course will use the following support tools:
1. The necessary software for the final project: Virtual machine (VM) with the operating system Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) of 64 bits with the necessary tools to perform the practical work. This virtual machine can be executed on top of any operating system already installed in the students¿ computer (Windows, Linux and Mac OS).
2. The required tools will be:
- Text editor (geany)
- Assembler (yasm)
- Linker (ld)
- C compiler (gcc)
- Debugger (kdbg)
The assessment process is based on the student's personal work and presupposes authenticity of authorship and originality of the exercises completed.
Lack of authenticity of authorship or originality of assessment tests, copying or plagiarism, the fraudulent attempt to obtain a better academic result, collusion to copy or concealing or abetting copying, use of unauthorized material or devices during assessment, inter alia, are offences that may lead to serious academic or other sanctions.
Firstly, you will fail the course (D/0) if you commit any of these offences when completing activities defined as assessable in the course plan, including the final tests. Offences considered to be misconduct include, among others, the use of unauthorized material or devices during the tests, such as social media or internet search engines, or the copying of text from external sources (internet, class notes, books, articles, other students' essays or tests, etc.) without including the corresponding reference.
And secondly, the UOC's academic regulations state that any misconduct during assessment, in addition to leading to the student failing the course, may also lead to disciplinary procedures and sanctions.