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GCO2812 - Computer organisation

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader: M Murshed and A Driver


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Hong Kong First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Malaysia First semester 2007 (Day)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Students will learn how computer hardware functions; understand how computer software interfaces with the hardware; and be able to write low-level programs for interfacing with computer hardware. Topics include: Components of a computer system, Processor organisation: registers, buses, multiplexers, decoders, ALUs, clocks, main memory, caches. Microprogramming, Von Neumann architecture, the conventional machine: instruction types and formats, addressing modes, flow of control. Data transfers: DMA, interrupts and programmed I/O. Parallel machine architectures: Programming techniques for low-level operations


Assignments: 40%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Contact hours

4 hours per week


GCO1815 and either GCO1810 or GCO1811


BUS2120, CFR1130, COT1130, CSE2324, CSE3324, FIT1001