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Type of course


Cycle/level 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 - the memory hierarchy in computers - parallelism and pipelining in computer systems - the operating system of a computer - the network interface of computers and access networks - different parts of a network and their functionality - how the internet works and is built

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

Computers and digital technology

Previous course names

2007, Computer Architecture and Assembly Language

Additional information

Exercises to hand in have deadlines

Recommended or required reading

Tanenbaum, A. S., Structured Computer Organization, Fifth Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2006. Study material published in Arcada Intranet and on the web, see the home page of the course

Study activities

  • Lectures - 40 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Practical exercises - 20 hours
  • Individual studies - 53 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Computer exercises and theoretical exercises

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.


Forss Thomas


Westerlund Magnus

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Våren 2013

Assessment methods

  • 2013-05-17 - Exams
  • 2013-05-17 - Other assignments

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