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Computer Architecture & Organisation (Taster Course from HDC)

Computer Architecture & Organisation (Taster Course from HDC)


Become an expert in how computers work including Computer Architecture and the Operating System

This in-depth module provides the learner with a comprehensive knowledge of how computers work. There are two main strands to the module. Computer Architecture addresses how the individual components work together. The second strand concentrates on the Operating System.

Why study Computer Architecture and Organisation at Griffith College?

The Computer Architecture and Organisation from HDC course is conducted on a part-time evening basis over a 12-week period. This course combines modules on both Computer Architecture and Operating Systems

  • You will gain a firm understanding of computer architecture, how a computer's individual components work together.

  • You will gain a strong awareness of computer operating systems, the software that allows all the components to communicate and manage data.

  • Small class sizes ensure that you get the one-on-one attention needed to perfect your computing skills.

  • An evening classes schedule allows you to balance your study with your work/life commitments.

  • Option to further your studies in this area by pursuing our Higher Diploma in Science in Computing Science course.

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

Course commences September 2020*

*Course will run subject to a minimum number of students

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

Course details
Introduction to Computer Hardware
  • Von Neumann model. Processor overview and construction
  • CPU components and configuration
  • Memory: RAM, ROM, cache
Number Systems and Computer Arithmetic
  • Binary, Octal and Hexadecimal number bases and their use.
  • Conversion between different bases.
  • Data Representation: integer, character & floating point.
  • Arithmetic: binary maths, one’s complement, two complement, signed numbers.
Digital Logic
  • Logic gates and truth tables
  • Boolean logic and Karnaugh maps
  • Basic logic circuits. Half and full adder circuits. Flip-flop circuits
I/O and Storage
  • Types of I/O and protocols
  • Storage issues. HDD, Interleaving, RAID 

Course Contacts

If you have any questions please get in touch with us at [email protected] or 01 415 0429.


September 2020 - Dates Available on Request  

How to Apply

Entry Requirements 

Candidates applying for this course should have a pass Level 8 Honours degree or above in any discipline or international equivalent and/or relevant work experience.

How to Apply

Directly to Griffith College Short Courses Department


Study Mode: Part-Time

Fee: EUR 720.00 


Academic Progression

Graduates of the Computer Architecture and the Operating System may progress onto our Higher Diploma in Science in Computing course. 


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