The course is included in these curricula and study modules


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student gets basic knowledge in - computer architecture - the operating system of a computer - the network interface of a computer

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to describe - the architecture and characteristics of processors, types of instruction sets, memory adressing and interrupts - the memory hierarchy in computers - serial and parallel I/O systems of computer - parallelism and pipelining in computer systems - the operating system of a computer - the network interface of computers and access networks

Course contents

- Representation of data and programs - Architecture, characteristics, and instruction set of processors - Memory systems - Serial and parallel I/O - Parallel processor architectures and pipelining - Operating system - Network interface of a computer and access networks

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Digital Electronics

Previous course names

2007, Computer Architecture and Assembly Language

Additional information

Exercises to hand in have deadlines

Recommended or required reading

Williams, R.: Computer Systems Architecture: a Networking Approach, 2/E, Prentice Hall, ISBN-10: 0321340795, ISBN-13: 9780321340795, 2007, 752 pp Study material published in Arcada intranet and on the web, see the home page of the course

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Exercise based learning - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 73 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 73 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 60 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams
  • Reports and productions

Assessment requirements

Final exam and exercises must be approved. Exercises are approved when at least half of the maxumum score for exercises are obtained. In the course mark the final exam has the weight 2/3 and the exercises have the weight 1/3.


Pulkkis Göran


Pulkkis Göran

Group size

No limit

Course completion date

Date for course completion will be announced later

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • 2009-10-28 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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