Course syllabus

Computer Organization

EITF70, 6 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2022/23
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2022-04-07

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: C3, D2, E3
Elective for: F4, I4, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course aims at giving an introduction to how a computer systems works on the machine language and hardware level.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must




The course gives an introduction to the basic function of a computer system on a machine language level. Among the topics are data representation, basic computer arithmetic, the components and functions of a computer system, basic machine language level programming techniques, and the hardware support needed for these, for example, different addressing modes, stack, subroutines, and interrupts. The laboratory exercises use a simple computer system, which allows investigation of program execution, debugging, and different types of communication with the external world. The group assignments treat a design and programming example, which serves as a preparation for the laboratory exercises.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The examination is performed by laboratory exercises, tests and a written test. To receive a pass, that is grade 3, it is required to pass laboratory exercises and the tests (which are executed during the course). For higher grades, that is 4 and 5, it is required to pass the the written test (at the end of the course). The written exam is not mandatory. To be eligible to take the written exam, it is required to have passed the tests and the laboratory exercises.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Passing online tests during the course will give grade 3. For higher grades, it is required to pass the online tests during the course and complete a written exam with a grade of 4 or 5.
Code: 0217. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Verbal examination while the laboratory is performed. Further information: All laboratory exercises are to be completed while the course is active and all laboratory exercises are to be completed within the same academic year.


Assumed prior knowledge: EDA011/EDAA50, EDA016, EDA017/EDAA55 Programming, First Course, or EDAA45 Introduction to Programming.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EIT070

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Erik Larsson,
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