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Computer hardware engineering

A list of resources about computer hardware engineering.
Publication date:
25 July 2018

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Fetch-decode-execute-plot

This is an unplugged resource to simulate the fetch-decode-execute cycle in a processor. It is a frantic starter activity aimed at students aged 17-18. The teacher acts as the computer memory, passing out instructions to the students. The students take on three different roles, fetcher, decoder and executer.  At...

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RISC vs CISC starter activity

This is quick starter activity for A-level students aged 17-18. The aim of the activity is to revise the key differences between RISC and CISC processors and to ensure students can explain which architecture should be used in a given situation.

Bernadette Malcolmson is the author of the resource.

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2010 to date

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STEM and STEAM for Cartography

Mini Map Makers is creating a Poster for STEM and STEAM for Cartography. How Cartography interacts with the elements! 

This is working progress and a draft copy will be out soon!

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14 September 2017

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Network topologies - unplugged activity

A short unplugged activity. This uses string and various other props to enable students to simulate the various network topologies required for GCSE Computing. The activities lead naturally into discussions around protocols, data collisions and reliability. A large open area may be required depending on the size...

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Drawing a network diagram

This resource contains a presentation to use as the starting point for a lesson on drawing a diagram of the school network. It features alternate slides depending on whether a tour of the school network infrastructure is available or not. There is an example of a computer suite in diagrammatic form and suggestions...

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FETCH-DECODE-EXECUTE Board Game

This game teaches students how instructions and data move from RAM to the CPU and internally between the various registers and the ALU in order to run a simple program (which takes 2 numbers, adds them and stroes the result in memory).

A-Level students have fed back that it really helped them in the exam...

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03 April 2017

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