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.


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

Grading System



One session


School of Computing and Mathematics

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to undergraduate students only.

Not available to students who have completed any of the subjects ITC180, ITC181, ITC182, ITC104, ITC411, ITC507, ITC544 or ITC577

Incompatible Subjects

ITC104, ITC180, ITC181, ITC182, ITC411, ITC507, ITC544, ITC577

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.


This 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.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ITC161 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Data representation & digital logic
Online quiz a
Marie and cache memory
Online quiz b
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.