IS1200 Computer Hardware Engineering 7.5 credits

Datorteknik, grundkurs

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 TCOMK for programme students

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students

Spring 20 TCOMK for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student will be able to:

  • Implement low-level programs in the C programing language and in an assembly language.
  • Analyze processor microarchitectures, with and without a pipeline.
  • Explain the principles of memory hierarchies, including cache structures.
  • Implement low-level programs with input-output, timers, and interrupts.
  • Explain the principles of multiprocessor computers and how they can be programmed.
  • Explain and describe technical solutions, both orally and in writing.    

Course main content

The course gives fundamental knowledge of computer organization, both from a hardware and software perspective. The course is organized in six modules that include, among other things, the following concepts and terms:

  1. C and Assembly Programming: pointers, functions, stack, assembly language, machine language, instruction coding, and processor registers.
  2. Input/Output Systems: timers, interrupts, and memory mapped input/output.
  3. Digital Design: truth tables, gates, Boolean algebra, multiplexer, decoder, adder, combinational logic, sequential logic, and registers.
  4. Processor Design: arithmetic logic unit, datapath, control unit, and pipeline.
  5. Memory Hierarchy: instruction cache, data cache, and virtual memory.
  6. Parallel Processors and Programs: Amdahl’s law, various kinds of parallelism, and multicore.

Note that module 3 is recommended prerequisites for the course and will not be covered in lectures or laboratory exercises. However, the course material for module 3 will be available on the course web page because the knowledge of this module is prerequisite for module 4.


  • Registered on course IE1204 or IE1205
  • Registered on course ID1018 or ID1004

Recommended prerequisites

Fundamental knowledge of programming and digital electronics.


Selected chapters from the books:

  • David Money Harris and Sarah L. Harris. Digital Design and Computer Architecture, Second Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2012.
  • David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy. Computer Organization and Design – the Hardware/Software Interface, Fifth Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2013.

The course literature also includes material from lectures, laboratory exercises, and exercise sessions.


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 4.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science


David Broman <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.