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EP1200 Introduction to Computing Systems Engineering 6.0 credits

This course gives an introduction to the key concepts of digital design, computer architecture, compliers and software engineering. Thisis done constructively, by building a simple, but general purpose computer from basic digital building blocks up to the operating system. In this process we will explore many ideas and techniques used in the design of modern hardware and software systems.

During the course, students build the software emulation of a computer, through the sequence of 12 small projects, each addressing a building block of a modern computing system.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 CELTE, CINEK programme students

Target group

Open only for CELTE and CINEK DTOI

Part of programme

Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering, åk 1, Mandatory

Degree Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management, åk 2, DTOI, Mandatory


P4 (6.0 hp)


17 Mar 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 CELTE, CINEK programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 CELTE, CINEK programme students


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EP1200 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Architecture, elements and concepts of modern computing systems and how they relate to each other. The content will include:

- computer architecture

- machine language

- assembler and higher level programming languages

- compilers

- operating systems

- virtual machine

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students will be able to:

- discuss the fundamental concepts of how to build a modern computer from the ground up

- construct a computing system, by building key components themself

- to use software emulation tool for computer architecture design

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

IE1205 Digital design or similar

DD1316 Programmeringsteknik och C or similar


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Noam Nisan and Shimon Schocken, The Elements Of Computing Systems:

Building a Modern Computer from First Principles 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • LABA - Laboratory, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LABB - Laboratory, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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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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.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

EH1010 Electro project

EP1100 Data communications and computer networks

IS1200 Computer hardware engineering

EP111X Degree Project in Electrical Engineering, First Cycle

Supplementary information

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