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Course module: 202200167
Computer Architecture and Organisation
Course info
Course module202200167
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personir. E. Molenkamp
PreviousNext 5
Examiner N. Alachiotis
N. Bouali
mr.dr. L.C.P. Broos
Lecturer A.B.J. Kokkeler
ir. E. Molenkamp
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksM5 TCS students register in Osiris; others contact Minor students: register for the minor!
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
The Module Computer Systems (Module CS) is a module for the bachelor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The Module contains a Common part (mandatory for both CS and EE students), an Electrical Engineering specific part (mandatory for EE students) and a Computer Science specific part (mandatory for CS students)
Common part
Computer Architecture and Organisation
  • Design circuits using basic logic gates
  • Calculate with different number representations
  • Understand mechanisms within a processor
  • Program a processor
  • Indicate the elements of a computer system and explain their functionality
  • Design specific parts of a computer system
Project for CS students:
  • Integrate the knowledge and skills that are taught in the CAO and OS parts.
Computer Architecture and Organisation (CAO)
The architecture and organisation of computer systems are presented. Computer organisation deals with elementary knowledge and skills, required for designing digital systems. Furthermore, basic principles of components of a processor (CPU) are discussed as well as their relation. The processor is analysed based on the separation into a data- and control path. The operation and the structure of these paths will be discussed as well as the cooperation of the different components (e.g. the ALU, registers and busses). Besides that, attention will be paid to microprogramming (the basic principles are explained on the basis of different types of CPU’s) and to the Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), the link between software and hardware. Computer architecture concentrates on the processor and its environment. Students are taught the subsystems of which a computer system is constructed, how these subsystems behave and how they, together, determine the behaviour of the overall computer system. The design of elements within the memory hierarchy and I/O modules will be elaborated
In the Module CS project, students learn various techniques from different disciplines that are needed to design, implement and test a (prototype of) a combined hardware-software system. To be able to design, implement and test a combined hardware-software system, knowledge and skills concerning Computer Architecture and Organization (CAO), Operating Systems (OS), and basic mathematics are necessary. 
Assumed previous knowledge
(additional) requirement(s) for minor students: Maths A level or equivalent and basic programming skills
Module 5
Participating study
Bachelor Technical Computer Science
Required materials
All: Computer Architecture and Organization; An Integrated Approach; Miles J. Murdocca and Vincent P. Heuring; ISBN 978-0-471-73388-1
Course material
EE: Calculus, a complete course, Robert A Adams, 8e druk, ISBN: 9780321781079
Course material
TCS: Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics and its Applications” (5e druk) van Ralph P. Grimaldi ISBN 0-321-21103-0 (paperback), 0-201-72634-3 (hardcover).
Course material
TCS: Scintilla - Breadboard (small), - Breadboard Jumper kit (pins on one side, sockets on the other side), - Led 5mm, - LDR (light dependent resistor), - Resistor 330 ohms through hole, - Resistor 1Kohms, - Capacitor 10uF
Course material
TCS: IAPC Shop - Raspberry Pi model 3 or 4 (4 is recommended) - Pi Housing - Power supply with USB type C cable - Ethernet cable and network card - MicroSD card (>= 8GB) and SD card reader
Recommended materials
Instructional modes


Live & pre-recorded

Project supervised

Self study with assistance

Self study without assistance


Online & Hybrid (in the University and online)
Computer Architecture and -Organisation

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