Course details

Personal Computers

ITP Acad. year 2010/2011 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

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, 26 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

60 exam, 20 half-term test, 20 labs




Bartoš Pavel, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Kajan Michal, Ing. (DCSY FIT BUT)
Tříska Vít, 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 Arhitectures in Intel Microprocessors.
  • Memory Organization, Elements, Technologies, Memory Addressing, I/O Ports Addressing. CMOS Memory.
  • Cache Memory, its Organization and Implementation.
  • Coprocessors and Their Role in Personal Computer.
  • The Information on Actual Chipset.
  • The Principles of Peripheral Operations Control, PIO Modes, Interrupt Request, Direct Memory Access.
  • The Developmnent Stages of Personal Computer Buses.
  • I/O Buses, SCSI Bus, Its Structure and Communication.
  • The Principles of Personal Computer Adapter Design and Construction.
  • The Buses for Peripheral Operations Control.

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  • PC Power Consumption. 
  • VGA and DVI Interfaces.  
  • Communication with Keyboard, Keyboard Controller.
  • PCI Express System Bus.
  • PCI System Bus. 
  • How to Develop Drivers under Windows and Linuz OS. 
  • USB.
  • Communication with D/A Converter.
  • PATA and SATA analysis. Disc Structure. 
  • The Control of Peripheral Operations by Means of DOS/BIOS Facilities.

Progress assessment

Written mid-term exam.

Controlled instruction

Attending lab experiments, mid-term exam passing.

Course inclusion in study plans

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