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Computer Architecture Essentials XCMP 1110

Computing Microcredential Course

Course details

​Technology and digital literacy skills are more important than they ever have been. Every job in nearly every industry leverages technology to be more productive, reliable, and improve business outcomes, however many of us know little about what goes into making our computers work. Modern computer technology requires an understanding of both hardware and software, as the interaction between the two offers a framework for mastering the fundamentals of computing. In Computer Architecture Essentials, you’ll explore the key hardware components of a computer, which can be put together to create or purchase a system that fits your needs. We will discuss measurements of hardware and software performance, as well as binary number systems and the International System of Units (SI units).


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Identify and describe key characteristics of components of a computer including:
    • Processor
    • Primary Storage
    • Secondary Storage
    • BUS
    • I/O
    • Software.
  • Rank the performance of computer components based on characteristics expressed in SI units.
  • Select computer systems to satisfy the specified requirements.

Effective as of Winter 2021


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