ITC161 Computer Systems (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the function and characteristics of various computer system components necessary to process information digitally. It develops knowledge of computer hardware, and computer organisation and architecture, and their relationship to software performance. Current trends in computing technologies are also introduced.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC161
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed any of the subjects ITC180, ITC181, ITC182, ITC104, ITC411, ITC507, ITC544 or ITC577
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC104 ITC180 ITC181 ITC182 ITC411 ITC507 ITC544 ITC577 ITC104 Covers similar content
ITC507 Covers similar content
ITC544 Covers similar content
ITC182 Covers similar content
ITC577 Covers similar content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and appropriately use computer systems terminologies;
  • be able to describe the concepts of data representations and use appropriate methods of implementation;
  • be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to understand computer operation;
  • be able to describe the essential elements of computer organisation and discuss how the elements function;
  • be able to describe the basic instruction set architecture of a simple computer;
  • be able to discuss various programming tools available and their relationship to the computer architecture and
  • be able to discuss the general trends in computing technologies including examples of leading edge developments.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical overview of computing systems.
  • Data representation.
  • Boolean algebra and digital logic.
  • Basic organisation of computers.
  • Computer memory.
  • Input/output and storage systems.
  • Instruction set architecture.
  • System software.
  • Trends in computing technologies.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.