Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Personal Computers - Technical Maintenance

PTP Acad. year 2004/2005 Summer semester 6 credits

The lecture are devoted to the principles of personal construction, its components and microprocessor construction. During the laboratory tutorials will become acquainted with practical problems, which are solved during PC installation and maintenance.


Language of instruction



Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 39 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

70 exam, 30 half-term test



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will acquire knowledge and practical experience with personal computers, their installation and utilisation.

Learning objectives

Students will become acquainted with PC an its components construction and trends for the future.

Study literature

  • The texts of lectures in electronuic 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

Syllabus of lectures

  • PC Categories and Their Parameters.
  • Intel Microprocessor Architectures.
  • CISC Architectures and Their Implementation in Intel Microprocessors.
  • RISC Architectures and Their Implementation in Intel Microprocessors.
  • Coprocessors, FPU. Function, Structure.
  • System Board Construction. Personal Computer Configuration Before Installation.
  • Actual Chip Set.
  • Memory Organisation, Memory Elements.
  • System Buses, Adapters.
  • Peripheral Devices (HDD, FDD), the Principles of Control and Service.
  • Peripheral Devices ( Printer, Monitor), the Principles of Control and Service.
  • Hardware for LANs, UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplier).

Progress assessment

Written mid-term exam.

Controlled instruction

Attending laboratory tutorials and written mid-term exam.
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