Computer Systems

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Computer Systems

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Computer Info Systems, Computer Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students must have completed ONE OF the following subjects:
    COMP20003 Algorithms and Data Structures
    COMP20007 Design of Algorithms

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Over the last half-century, computers have improved at a faster rate than almost any other technology on the planet, yet the principles on which they work have remained mostly constant. In this subject, students will learn how computer systems work "under the hood".
    The specific aim of this subject is for the students to develop an understanding of the basic concepts underlying computer systems. A key focus of this subject is the introduction of operating systems principles and computer network protocols. This knowledge is essential for writing secure software, for writing high performance software, and for writing network-based services and applications.
    Topics covered include:
    Introduction to computer organization
    The hardware/software interface
    The role of the operating system
    The memory hierarchy (caches, virtual memory, and working sets)
    Interrupt handling, processes and scheduling
    File systems
    Introduction to multiprocessors and synchronization
    Introduction to network protocols (OSI model)
    Development of client-server applications
    Computer system security and cryptographic protocols.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.