Computer Architecture -II (Laboratory)

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Module Objective

The student is taught methods of developing code in Assembly language using the simulator for the processor 8086. It analyzes techniques for handling various types of numerical data, arithmetic and logical operations on them, string handling, etc.

Module Study Targets

At the end of the semester, students must be able:

  • To describe the structure of a Computer, name its main parts, draw its block diagram and its connection with External Devices
  • To explain the way a Computer execute programs and communicate with External Devices
  • To list Computer basic communication modes with External Devices and explain the way they are implemented
  • To highlight the significance of each Computer part and explain its role in the Computer operation
  • To discuss about Computer technical characteristics and their impact to the Computer performance
  • To compose programs suitable to import data from an External Device into the Computer, sorting them or perform calculations and export to another External Device the results
  • To examine and analyze the way Computer components are interconnected and connected to External Devices
  • To examine and analyze software problems, solve them using computing and/or algorithmic methods and generalize conclusions to apply them to similar cases
  • To integrate knowledge of different domains such as Electronics, Boolean Algebra, Programming, etc. to compose an extended and in-depth view of Computer
  • To evaluate a Computer technical characteristics assess their impact to communication with External Devices and rate its overall performance

Module Acquired Abilities

  • Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information using the required technologies
  • Decision making
  • Autonomous work
  • Teamwork

Module Description

  • Architecture of modern processors
  • Buses, memory systems (categories, features, management), interface peripheral devices (types, interface techniques)
  • Interrupt techniques and DMA
  • Low-level software
  • Microcomputer systems (architecture, low-level software) buses, basic input-output units (typical characteristics)
  • Application development for the management of the microcomputer system units

Module Student Evaluation

Theory: Written examination at the end of the semester
Laboratory: Interim and final exam. Oral examination of Exercises


  • Tom Shanley, "The Unabridged Pentium 4", Addison Wesley, 2005
  • W. Stallings, "Computer Organization and Architecture", Prentice Hall, 2000