How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation CO206 / A08

Start date
4 Jan 21
Duration
4 Weeks

Summary

On this course, you’ll gain an understanding of how computers work at a fundamental level. 

You’ll explore system architecture, along with how computers use binary and logic. Once you’ve examined the von Neumann model of computer architecture and the Fetch-Execute cycle, you’ll learn to build a range of simple circuits for maths, and then simulate various logic gates. 

 Ultimately you’ll complete the course with an understanding of the processes that underpin every modern computer - from supercomputers to smartphones, and everything in between.

Outcomes

You will:

  • Explore how transistors can act as digital switches and be combined to create logic gates.                 
  • Produce truth tables for AND, NOT and OR gates, individually or combined                                         
  • Explore how computers use binary arithmetic                                                                                                 
  • Explore how logic gates can be combined to produce digital circuits that can perform a calculation        
  • Investigate Von Neuman Architecture and the Fetch-Execute cycle

Sessions

DateTime
How Computers Work: Demystifying Computation04 January 202100:00-00:00

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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