COMP2007J Principles of Computer Organiz

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module provides an introduction to computer organisation in order to allow students to understand what is happing at a low level within a computer. After examining the development history and evolution of the digital computer, the module primarily focuses on the fundamental components of a modern computer system. This includes processor, memory (both internal and external), I/O, and the organisation and interconnection of these components. Emphasis is placed on the performance benefits that can be gained from various organisational decisions, along with tradeoffs that are often required in designing a computer system.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completing this module, students will be have gained an understanding of the fundamental components of a computer system (processor, memory, I/O), what their respective functions are and how they are interrelated. They will also demonstrate an understanding of how the overall performance of a computer is dependent on the organisation and interconnection of these fundamental components.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures, group work on the tutorial exercises 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Final Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Tutorial Exercises and Mid-term Exam Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr David Lillis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Seán Russell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Jiaying Guo Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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