DH2T 34: Computer Architecture 1
This Unit is designed to develop broad general knowledge and understanding of the theoretical concepts, principles, boundaries and scope of the mechanisms that underpin the use of digital computers. This includes the way in which the internal representation used within the machine can be translated to give human readable values. The Unit also provides a foundation knowledge of the mechanisms used by a processor to communicate with memory and external devices, how a processor deals with requests from external sources, and the characteristics and requirements of the devices that processors can be regularly expected to deal with. This Unit will be of particular benefit to those who wish to undertake further study in the fields of computer programming, providing technical support to other users or new media production.
On completion of this Unit the candidate should be able to:1. Demonstrate an ability to manipulate and translate data representations
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the functions of computer system components
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of CPU operation
1 HN Credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)
Recommended Prior Knowledge and Skills
Access to this Unit will be at the discretion of the Centre, however it is recommended that candidates should have some prior knowledge and skill in Computing/IT demonstrated by achievement of relevant National Courses or Units at Intermediate 2 or Higher, or appropriate work experience.