Course Title: Computer Organisation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Computer Organisation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


RMIT University Vietnam


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2007,
Viet2 2008,
Viet3 2008,
Viet2 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet3 2010


Taylors College KL


140H Computer Science & Information Technology


Offsh 3 10,
Offsh 1 11

Course Coordinator: Vacant

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2348

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Note: This course is not currently available. There are no plans to reintroduce it in the near future, as well.

The course is an introduction to computer architecture and functionality, with programming examples using a processor such as the Motorola 68000. The discussion centres on the description of how different types of data may be represented inside a computer, how the various computer components process the data, and how the operating system and the hardware cooperate to make computer operation possible. The course includes a presentation and discussion of generic principles of computer architecture and digital logic.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course helps to develop the following capabilities.
Enabling Knowledge: structure and function of  digital computers, operating systems and basic assembly language programming.
Critical analysis: Ability to analyse and model the structure and functioning of a digital computer, including overall system architecture, operating system, and digital components.
Communication: Ability to explain the structure and functioning of a digital computer system, operating system and various digital components, in written form, to IT specialists.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe  the structure and functioning of a digital computer, including its overall system architecture, operating system, and digital components.
  • Explain the generic principles that underlie the building of a digital computer, including data representation, digital logic and processor programming.
  • Apply some fundamental coding schemes.
  • Present and discuss simple examples of assembly language appropriate for an introductory course.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:


  • key concepts will be explained in lectures, classes or online, where syllabus material will be presented and the subject matter will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • tutorials and/or labs and/or group discussions (including online forums) focused on projects and problem solving will provide practice in the application of theory and procedures, allow exploration of concepts with teaching staff and other students, and give feedback on your progress and understanding;
  • assignments, as described in Overview of Assessment (below), requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
  • private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and technical problems.

While a minimum attendance standard is not compulsory, non-attendance may seriously jeopardise the chances of success in this course. Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. Where visa conditions apply, attendance is compulsory.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will make extensive use of computer laboratories and relevant software provided by the School. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with copies of additional materials in class or via email. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Use the RMIT Bookshop’s textbook list search page to find any recommended textbook(s).

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course comprises of assignments and a formal written examination.

For standard assessment details, including deadlines, weightings, and hurdle requirements relating to Computer Science and IT courses see: