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Computer Architecture, Short Course

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The Course gives an overview on the Computers Architecture and has the objective of explain how they works with focus on the x86 architecture. At the end of the course the student will acquire deep knowledge about how the computers work, the memory management systems and the Assembler programming.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    5 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Arabic
    • French
    • Italian
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Lesson n. 1: I calcolatori elettronici: un poco di storia
  • Lesson n. 2: Modelli e tecniche di descrizione
  • Lesson n. 3: Il livello RTL: Struttura
  • Lesson n. 4: Il livello RTL: Comportamento
  • Lesson n. 5: Percorsi di dati e unita' di controllo
  • Lesson n. 6: Unità di controllo microprogrammata
  • Lesson n. 7: Moltiplicatore binario e architettura di base della CPU
  • Lesson n. 8: Architettura RTL di una semplice CPU
  • Lesson n. 9: Introduzione al linguaggio macchina
  • Lesson n. 10: Modi di indirizzamento
  • Lesson n. 11: Tecnologia delle memorie
  • Lesson n. 12: Gerarchie di memoria e principio di località
  • Lesson n. 13: Memoria Cache
  • Lesson n. 14: Architettura X86
  • Lesson n. 15: Architettura X86: accesso alla memoria
  • Lesson n. 16: Architettura X86: repertorio istruzioni
  • Lesson n. 17: Assembler X86: sintassi
  • Lesson n. 18: Assembler X86: programmi
  • Lesson n. 19: Sottosistema di ingresso/uscita: interfacce


  • Prof. Giacomo Bucci - Università di Firenze (Firenze - Italy)
  • Prof. Gianni Conte - Università di Parma (Parma - Italy)

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • to have a connection to the Internet. For optimum use an ADSL connection is suggested.
  • to have installed on one's own system one of the principal browsers available, for example: Microsoft Edge 
  • Note: Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 is not supported.
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  • to have installed on one's own system the software Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view materials in pdf format. 

Tuition Fee

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    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 1 months.
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