DD1377 Low Level Programming and Computer Architecture 6.0 credits

Maskinnära programmering och datorarkitektur

A course about how computers are constructed and how they execute programs and how you can use this to write efficient programs.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Different forms of data and how they are represented in the computer: numbers, text and computer programs.

Machine code and assembler programming.

The architecture of computers.


Execution, Pipelining.

The memory hierarchy from register to hard disk.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completed course, you shall be able to

  • describe how data and computer programs are stored on the computer
  • describe how computer programs are executed on different levels
  • describe how computers interpret and execute machine code
  • describe how computers are constructed
  • read, understand and write assembler programs

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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Recommended prerequisites

2D1320/DD1320 Applied Computer Science or 2D1321/DD1321 Applied Programming and Computer Science.


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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Assignments, 4.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Douglas Wikström

Viktoria Fodor

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Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

First cycle

Add-on studies

This course cannot be counted in the degree if the student has taken IS1200 Computer Hardware Engineering or IS1500 Computer Organization and Components.


Viktoria Fodor (vjfodor@kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: