Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Personal Computers

ITP Acad. year 2017/2018 Summer semester 5 credits

The course will provide students with up-to-date information on personal computer technique. Students will acquire the information on the principles of personal computer structure, I/O buses, elementary principles of external adapter construction and buses for the communication with peripheral devices.


Language of instruction



Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 16 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

60 exam, 24 half-term test, 16 labs




Lojda Jakub, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Pánek Richard, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Šimek Václav, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)

Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will become acquainted with the principles of PC construction and certain typical peripheral devices construction. In laboratory tutorials the attention will be paid especially to the principles of peripheral device control.

Learning objectives

To provide students with the information on personal computer structure, parameters, its component structure and trends for the future.


Study literature

  • The texts of lectures in electronic form.

Fundamental literature

  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable PC Hardware Book, Addison-Wesley, 1997, England, ISBN 0-201-40399-4, 1384 pages
  • Hans-Peter Messmer: The Indispensable Pentium Book, Addison-Wesley, 1995, USA, ISBN 0-201-87727-9, 496 pages
  • Scott Mueller: Upgrading and Repairing PCs, QUE, 2008, ISBN 0-7897-3697-7, 1556 pages
  • Carl Hamacher, Zvonko Vranesic, Safwat Zaky: Computer Organization, McGraw Hill, 2002, ISBN 0-07-232086-9, 805 pages
  • William Stallings: Computer Organization and architecture, designing for performance, Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0-13-185644-8, 778 pages

Syllabus of lectures

  • The Developmnent Stages of Personal Computers, Parameters, Concepts.
  • The Development Stages of Intel Microprocessor Architectures.
  • The Implementation of CISC and RISC Architectures in Intel Microprocessors - 1. 
  • The Implementation of CISC and RISC Arhitectures in Intel Microprocessors - 2.
  • Memory Organization, Elements, Technologies, Memory Addressing, I/O Ports Addressing. CMOS Memory.
  • Memory Organization, Elements, Technologies, Memory Addressing, I/O Ports Addressing. CMOS Memory. 
  • Cache Memory, its Organization and Implementation.  
  • The Principles of Peripheral Operations Control, PIO Modes, Interrupt Request, Direct Memory Access.
  • The Developmnent Stages of Personal Computer Buses.
  • Centronics, Its Structure and Communication.
  • The Principles of Personal Computer Adapter Design and Construction.
  • The Buses for Peripheral Operations Control.
  • LANs, components.

Progress assessment

Written mid-term exam.

Controlled instruction

Attending lab experiments, mid-term exam passing.

The substitution of lab is possible in the substitutionary term.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
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