Faculty of Information Technology

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)


This unit covers the internal mechanism of computers and how they are organised and programmed. Topics include combinatorial and sequential logic, Boolean Algebra, Karnaugh maps, counters, ripple adders, tree adders, memory/addressing, busses, speed, DMA, data representation, machine arithmetic, microprogramming, caches and cache architectures, virtual memory and translation look-aside buffers, vectored interrupts, polled interrupts, pipelined architecture, superscalar architecture, data dependency, hazards, CISC, RISC, VLIW machine architectures.


At the completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse simple logic circuits;
  2. explain and analyse key processor components;
  3. explain and analyse computer organisation;
  4. write and debug simple assembly language programs;
  5. use simulator programs to model computer system components.


Examination (3 hours): 60%; In-semester assessment: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • Two hours of lectures
  • One 3-hour laboratory or one 2-hour tutorial (alternating weeks)

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • A minimum of 7-8 hours independent study per week for preparing for and completing lab and project work, private study and revision.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


FIT1031 or FIT1001 and FIT1008 or FIT1015

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