• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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The course discusses computer hardware related topics as well as simulation aspects of computer science. The foundations from Comp1730 are widened towards the hardware and the tool-chains required to deploy systems on actual devices are explored. The course also expands towards simulation of those devices and physical systems. This course involves experimentation on physical hardware.

In particular, the course will cover: 

- the connection between digital logic and its physical implementations; 

- basic machine level programs incl. sub-routines and I/O; 

- the translation of high-level language constructs to machine instructions (yet not writing a compiler);

- memory hierarchies;

- physical interfaces to digital systems;

- the relation between physical systems, models, simulation, verification and validation;

- practical uses of simulation.

Simulation case studies will be taken from practical Engineering scenarios.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the connection between digital logic and its physical implementations and identify the components of a computer (incl. structures inside the CPU).
  2. Ability to convert data into machine readable formats and choose an adequate format for a given problem as well as design and implement basic machine level programs incl. sub-routines and I/O.
  3. Utilise a macro-assembly language (e.g. C) to structure machine level programs and map high-level language constructs to machine level implementations.
  4. Be familiar with the concept of memory hierarchy.
  5. Be familiar with basic physical implementations of I/O systems (e.g. busses).
  6. Understand the relation between physical systems, models, simulation, verification and validation.
  7. Design a model and an accompanying simulation for a relevant engineering problem.
  8. Evaluate a simulation, highlighting the benefits and the drawbacks.
  9. Make decisions about the balance between physical experimentation and computational simulations.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (30) [LO null]
  2. Labs (5) [LO null]
  3. Mid-semester exam (15) [LO null]
  4. Final Exam (50) [LO null]

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12 weeks of four hours contact hours each; divided into laboratories, tutorials and lectures. The total time required (including preparations and assignments) is 10 hours per week over 14 weeks.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed either COMP1100 or COMP1130 or COMP1730. Incompatible with COMP2300, COMP6300 and COMP6719.

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2673 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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