Computer processors CM431 / E03

Start date
13 Jul 20
Duration
5 Hours
Location
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Summary

Overview

Computer programs are written in a language that humans understand, but what about the computer itself? Every piece of software, and the instructions and data it contains, is made up of 1’s and 0’s, handled by the central processing unit or CPU.

Explore the core of a modern computer - the processor. Learn how the instructions that humans write in computer programs are translated into machine code that the computer can process. Compare the differences between high-level and low-level programming languages, and how these can used in the classroom.

Computer scientists have developed different computer architectures to retrieve and process data at eye watering speeds – using your knowledge of the processor you’ll learn how and why their performance differs, at a level appropriate for GCSE students.

Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Recognise that all computer instructions are executed in binary – and the different processes used to translate programming languages into computer-readable machine code
  • Recognise the Von Neumann architecture, and different instruction sets including RISC and CISC
  • Understand the fetch-decode-execute cycle in a computer processor, and the role of each CPU component
  • Write simple programs in low-level assembler language
  • Know the factors that can affect CPU performance

Sessions

DateTime
1 Computer processors13 July 202011:00-12:00
3 Computer processors16 July 202011:00-12:00
5 Computer processors23 July 202011:00-12:00

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