Computer Architecture

EEE40013 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 59 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2022 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

1 Aug 22 - 30 Oct 22

6 Dec 22

Last self enrolment:
14 Aug 22

31 Aug 22

Last withdraw without fail:
16 Sep 22


Admission to the Master of Engineering Science nested suite 

Aims and objectives

This unit of study will provide you with an understanding of computer system design, particularly the relationship between hardware and software and how this influences system performance.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
#Unit Learning Outcome Description
ULO1Appreciate the range of application of computer systems and their differing performance requirements (K3)
ULO2Describe the different components of a computer system and their purpose (K2, K3, K6)
ULO3Appreciate different computer architectures and organizations, and their effect upon operation and performance (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, A2)
ULO4Discuss and apply principles used in instruction set design including that for RISC architectures (K2, K3, S1, S2, S3, A2)
ULO5Describe the use of parallelism in multiple processor systems and the constraints that affect its effectiveness (K2, K3)
ULO6Determine the role of operating systems and how they interact with, and affect the design of, computer architectures and computer organization (K2, K3)
ULO7Assess the range of memory and storage technologies that are available, their area of application and their performance characteristics (K2, K3, S1, S2)