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Computer Organization and Architecture

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2018

About the course

This course covers: - basic ideas and terminology, including how the performance is measured and the principal factors which limit design, such as the power wall; - the instruction set of a modern RISC processor, including how constructs in high-level languages are realized; - the representation of both fixed- and floating-point numbers, together with hardware algorithms for arithmetic operations; - basic processor organization, data and control paths, instruction-level parallelism, pipelining, and multiple issue; - the organization of memory, including hierarchies, caches, and virtual memory; - storage and input-output devices and their interfacing to the processor and memory; - an introduction to multiprocessing.

Application and eligibility

Computer Organization and Architecture, 7.5 hp

Visa tillfällen för föregående termin Autumn Term 2018 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 5 November 2018


Lectures end during the week of 14 January 2019

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Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

Univ: To be admitted you must have (or equivalent) 90 ECTS-credits including 60 ECTS-credits in Computing Science or 2 years of completed studies within a study programme (120 ECTS-credits). In both cases, including the courses "C-programming and Unix" (5DV088) and Digital Electronics (5EL006) or equivalent.

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper Secondary course English A/5. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Online applications are now open. You will be transferred to Application deadline is 16 April 2018.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Department of computing science
Contactperson for the course is:
Student Office at computing science