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Computer Technologies

Code 14364
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Informatics
Entry requirements -
Learning outcomes The discipline of Computer Technologies intends to convey the foundations of the functioning and construction of digital systems, encompassing the following main objectives:

• Acquisition of knowledge about the technologies used to construct digital computers.
• Introduction to digital systems and architectures.
• Analysis and synthesis of combinatorial and sequential digital systems.

At the end of the curricular unit, the student should be able to understand the functioning of most of the circuits that make up digital computers and be able to carry out the respective analysis and synthesis.
Syllabus A) Introduction to digital systems: analog vs digital systems, analog computing vs digital computing, A/D and D/A conversion, electrical representation of digital signals;
B) Numbering systems, conversions between numbering systems, representation of negative numbers in binary (1's complement and 2's complement), binary arithmetic;
C) Boolean algebra: variables and logic functions, truth tables, axioms and theorems of Boolean algebra, simplification of functions;
D) Digital circuits: analysis and synthesis of combinatorial circuits, introduction to sequential circuits, Latch and Flip-Flop, Registers and Counters;
E) Problems in digital circuits: Hazards.
Main Bibliography [1] Thomas L. Floyd, Digital Fundamentals 11th edition, Pearson Education, 2015.
[2] M. Morris Mano and Charles R. Kime. Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals. Prentice Hall, 2004.
[3] John F. Wakerly, Digital Design: Principles and Practice, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2001.
[4] Ata Elahi, Computer Systems - Digital Design, Fundamentals of Computer Architecture and Assembly Language, Springer, 2018.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Teaching methodologies:
• Theoretical classes;
• Practical-laboratory classes;
• Tutoring to clarify doubts and accompany the student in the development of his project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria:

The theoretical and practical components are evaluated using two main elements:
- a written test (T) of knowledge assessment, with a weight of 65% in the final grade;
- an intermediate practical work (TP1) and a final practical work (TP2) to be carried out during a practical class with weights of 10% and 25% in the final grade, respectively.
Teaching-Learning Classification (CEA)= 0.65T + 0.1TP1 + 0.25TP.
Admission to the final exam: CEA >= 6 values (UBI regulation).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2024-01-19

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