PV094 PC Hardware

Faculty of Informatics
Autumn 2009
Extent and Intensity
3/0. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
RNDr. Jaroslav Pelikán, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Václav Matyáš, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Department of Computer Systems and Communications – Faculty of Informatics
Contact Person: RNDr. Jaroslav Pelikán, Ph.D.
Thu 15:00–17:50 D2
Knowledge of computer systems architectures, that is adequate to the course PB150 Computer-Systems Architectures or PB151 Computer Systems.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
there are 46 fields of study the course is directly associated with, display
Course objectives
The course PC Hardware gives detailed information on technical realization of modern computer systems. The students get acquainted with particular components of current computers, to their properties, connection, operational principle and to possibilities of their usage.
At the end of this course, students should:
know concepts dealing with hardware;
know operational principles of particular components;
be able of qualified hardware purchase;
be able to identify bugs in a computer;
be able to make some repairs in a computer (exchange of a certain module);
be able to plug in a new module into the computer (including its correct setting).
  • Architecture of PC and its peripheries.
  • Mainboard.
  • Microprocessors Intel.
  • Internal memories and their technological realization. Cache memories.
  • Bus, width, speed, comparison, compatibility.
  • Magnetic data recording. Hysteresis of ferro-magnetic materials.
  • External memories. Magnetoresistive heads.
  • Interfaces between controllers and hard disk units.
  • Graphic cards. Port A.G.P.
  • Monitors. Principle of a color CRT. LCD displays and their operational principle. Plasma displays.
  • PCMCIA standards and USB bus. Standard IEEE 1394.
  • Memory media, cassettes, magnetic disks.
  • Magneto-optical disks, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW disks.
  • I/O card. Serial and parallel data transfer.
  • Soundcards, record and synthesis of a sound. MIDI. Speaker systems.
  • Printers.
  • IRQ, DMA, I/O addresses, ROM addresses and RAM buffers.
  • Review of other devices.
  • HORÁK, Jaroslav. Hardware : učebnice pro pokročilé. Vyd. 2. Brno: Computer Press, 2004, viii, 412. ISBN 8072265539. info
  • MUELLER, Scott. Osobní počítač : hardware, upgrade, opravy. Translated by Milan Daněk. 1 vyd. Brno: Computer Press, 2003, xxv, 862. ISBN 8072267965. info
  • MINASI, Mark. Velký průvodce hardwarem. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2002, 763 s. ISBN 8024702738. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical lectures with examples.
Assessment methods
Lectures - 3 hours per week (the attendance is optional). Written examination (70 minutes, 8 questions).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023, Autumn 2024.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2009, recent)
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