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Computer 23: Computer Design and Architecture


To introduce the student to a very practical and prevalent

computer architecture, the architecture of a personal computer. The
student will be exposed to the basic building blocks in system
architecture. Fundamental design trade-offs will be exposed and
evaluated. Common design practices and a system level view of design
will be presented. Topics will include chip level components, board
design, and overall system development activities.


Students will be able to understand the key concept of the

personal computer architecture. They will be able to understand
deeper the computer system architecture and hardware


At the completion of this course the student will have mastered

the basic design skills necessary to architect, develop, and test
personal computer systems.