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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU Study Centre Sydney
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
CSU Study Centre Brisbane
CSU Study Centre Melbourne
CSU 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

Grading System



One session


School 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 Subjects

ITC104, ITC161, ITC180, ITC181, ITC182, ITC411, ITC507, ITC577

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.


This 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.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.