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Module INF-02-09-M-2

Digital Systems and Computer Architecture (M, 8.0 LP)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
INF-02-09-M-2 Digital Systems and Computer Architecture 8.0 CP (240 h)


CP, Effort 8.0 CP = 240 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in SuSe
Level [2] Bachelor (Fundamentals)
Language [DE] German
Module Manager
Area of study [INF-PFL] Mandatory Modules
Reference course of study [INF-82.79-SG] B.Sc. Computer Science
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
4V+2U INF-02-09-K-2
Digital Systems and Computer Architecture
P 84 h 156 h
ja PL1 8.0 SuSe
  • About [INF-02-09-K-2]: Title: "Digital Systems and Computer Architecture"; Presence-Time: 84 h; Self-Study: 156 h
  • About [INF-02-09-K-2]: The study achievement [U-Schein] proof of successful participation in the exercise classes (ungraded) must be obtained. It is a prerequisite for the examination for PL1.

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written exam (Klausur) (120-150 Min.)
  • Examination number: 60209 ("Digital Systems and Computer Architecture")

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


Coding and information theory:
  • Concept of information
  • Efficient prefix codes (Huffmann, Shannon-Fano, etc.)
  • Redundant codes for error detection and correction

Computational arithmetic:

  • Radix-B and B-complement numbers and their calculation methods
  • Fixed point numbers and floating point numbers (IEEE 754)

Propositional logic:

  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Normal forms
  • Binary decision diagrams

Combinatorial circuits (switching networks):

  • Simple circuits for radix B and B-complement numbers
  • Efficient circuits for radix B and B-complement numbers (e.g. Carry-Lookahead addition, Wallace multiplication, Goldschmidt division, etc.)
  • Logic minimization: Quine/McCluskey method, Karnaugh/Veitch diagrams, symbolic logic minimization, etc.

Sequential circuits

  • Transducers and acceptors
  • Mealy vs. Moore machines
  • Determinate and minimize finite automata
  • State coding and sequential circuit synthesis with FlipFlops
  • Formal verification of sequential circuits

Processor architecture

  • Instruction set architecture
  • Von-Neumann, Harvard architecture, RISC/CISC architectures
  • Operating and control units
  • Example: MIPS or ARM instruction set
  • Assembler programming

Competencies / intended learning achievements

  • Students acquire the ability to describe and evaluate functional and non-functional requirements of computer systems and the ability to engineer computer systems using suitable design methods and tools.
  • In particular, students are able to encode data efficiently, use methods of fault tolerance effectively, analyse and design simple switching networks and sequential circuits up to a single-cycle processor and, in particular, understand the functioning of computer systems and their data processing.


  • Skript.
  • S.P. Dandamudi, Fundamentals of Computer Organization and Design, Springer, 2002.
  • Giovanni De Micheli, Synthesis and Optimization of Digital Circuits, McGraw-Hill, 1994.
  • Gary D. Hachtel and Fabio Somenzi, Logic Synthesis and Verification Algorithms, Kluwer, 1996.
  • C. Hamacher, Z. Vranesic, S. Zaky, N. Manjikian; Computer Organization and Embedded Systems; McGraw Hill, 2012.
  • K. Hwang; Computer Arithmetic, Principles, Architecture and Design; John Wiley and Sons; 1979.
  • M. Lu; Arithmetic and Logic in Computer Systems; Wiley Interscience, 2004.
  • C. Meinel and T. Theobald, Algorithms and Data Structures in VLSI Design: OBDD - Foundations and Applications, Springer, 1998.
  • S. M. Mueller and W.J. Paul, Computer Architecture: Complexity and Correctness, Springer Verlag, 2000.
  • Walter Oberschelp und Gottfried Vossen: Rechneraufbau und Rechnerstrukturen, Oldenbourg, 2006.
  • B. Parhami, Computer Arithmetic - Algorithms and Hardware Designs, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • D.A. Patterson, J.L. Hennessy, Computer Organization Design - The Hardware Software Inferface, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2014.
  • Gerhard H. Schildt, Daniela Kahn, Christopher Kruegel, Christian Moerz: Einführung in die Technische Informatik, Springer, 2005.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [INF-02-09-M-2]

Course of Study Section Choice/Obligation
[INF-82.79-SG] B.Sc. Computer Science Computer Science Systems [P] Compulsory
[MAT-82.105-SG] B.Sc. Mathematics Subsidiary Subject (Minor) [WP] Compulsory Elective
[MV-82.103-SG] B.Sc. Mechanical Engineering Applied Computer Science (if chosen) [P] Compulsory
[WIW-82.176-SG] B.Sc. Business Administration and Engineering specialising in Computer Science Engineering specialization - Computer Science [P] Compulsory
[WIW-82.?-SG#2021] B.Sc. Industrial Engineering/Computer Science 2021 [2021] Computer Science [P] Compulsory