Courses Catalogue

Computer Architecture And Organization

COURSE CODE: COS 1101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Education (Computer), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Basic
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Course Justification/Rationale:

The purpose of the course is to enable students learn the basic skills of using a computer as a central tool for pursuing their studies. It provides a general introduction to the broad aspects of computer systems, how it works, a brief history of the computers and the basic components of a computer. In addition, students will be introduced to different applications in order to enable them to integrate it to their other courses throughout the programme; e.g. use of internet in research.

Course Description

This course introduces the logical architecture and organization of computer systems. It highlights the lower end operations in a typical computer as well as the way computers manage their resources during operation.  The course opens up a student to be an informed user of the computer rather than a passive recipient of the computer services. 

Course Objectives:

The aims of the course are:

1.       To introduce to students the concepts of computer organization; 

2.       To highlight to students the way  computers process and store the data; 

3.       To highlight internal management issues in computer systems.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

1.       Explain the difference between Computer Organisation and Computer Architecture; 

2.       Discuss how  information is processed in the computer from the time it is input to the time of output; 

3.       Explain how the Micro processers  operate;

4.       Explain the .difference between the various representation codes i.e. ASCII             and EBCDIC