ITC544 Computer Organisation and Architecture (8)


This subject provides an understanding of the function and design of the 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. It develops skills in computing and analysing digital systems. Different trends in computing systems are introduced as well.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3
InternalCSU Study Centre Melbourne
InternalCSU Study Centre Sydney
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ITC544
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, ITC161, ITC104, ITC507, ITC577 or ITC411.
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
ITC104 ITC161 ITC180 ITC181 ITC182 ITC411 ITC507 ITC577 ITC104 Covers similar content
ITC161 Paired Subject
ITC411 Covers similar content
ITC182 Covers similar content
ITC577 Covers similar content
ITC507 Covers similar content

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and appropriately use computer organisation and architecture terminologies;
  • be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to practical situations;
  • be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and interpret complex digital circuits;
  • be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and describe how it is used to execute instructions;
  • be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards and discuss how these elements function;
  • be able to discuss various programming tools available and their relationship to the architecture;
  • be able to investigate, evaluate and communicate 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 design.
  • 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.