autumn 2023
INF-2200 Computer architecture and organization - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification + specific entrance requirements equivalent to MATRS: R1/(S1+S2). Application code: 9354 - Singular course in computer science.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

D-241 Computer architecture 10 ects

Course content

The course is basic and deals with the structure, design, and low-level programming of modern computers. In addition to fundamental principles for the construction of computers, technological developments that affect the design of new computer architectures or implementation are also addressed, decisions included in the construction of computers, as well as performance criteria for evaluating these decisions. The course deals with processors, storage, interconnections to peripherals as well as parallel processors. No prior knowledge of low-level programming or digital engineering is required.

Recommended prerequisites

INF-1101 Data structures and algorithms, INF-1400 Object-oriented programming

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The students has knowledge about:

  • the structure and construction of modern computers, including instruction set architecture, processor design, memory hierarchy, storage and other I/O types, and multi-core processors.
  • methods and tools for evaluating computer architecture components, including performance and various design choices for building components.
  • how computer architecture interacts with machine programming and operational systems.

Skills - The students has skills in:

  • low-level (assembly) programming for MIPS and x86/x86-64 instruction set
  • implementation of simulators for MIPS processor simulation
  • evaluation of memory hierarchy parameters
  • discussion and description of computer architecture and organization

General competence - The student has general competency in:

  • in-depth understanding of technological developments that affect the design and implementation of computer architectures
  • knowledge for the choice and design of computer architecture based on the requirements of different systems and applications
  • knowledge of computer architecture behavior and impact on machine programming and low-level system development

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 30 hours, Colloquium: 30 hours, Lab: 30 hours. The course is given every autumn semester.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is available for inbound exchange students.

This course has recommended academic prerequisites. Please see the «Prerequisite» section for more information.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 27.11.2023 09:00
4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Written assignments Approved – not approved
Written assignments an oral design reviews Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

The coursework includes 3 written assignments with 3 corresponding oral design reviews.

Re-sit examination

Given early in the following semester. The re-sit exam is for those who did not get a passed grade on the last ordinary examination. It will be arranged a 4 hour written exam counting 100%.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-2200
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