The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course covers advanced concepts in computer architecture and design, emphasising quantitative methods for performance evaluation. Topics include performance measures and cost, instruction set architecture, pipelining, instruction-level parallelism, caches, multiprocessors and interconnection networks.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their understanding of advanced computer architecture and how to evaluate its performance.

2. Compose firmware to create a multi-core processor based computer architecture upon an FPGA

3. Create software to solve a computational problem using their advanced computer architecture.

4. Operate as an integral member of a team.


  1. Performance measures and cost
  2. Instruction set principles
  3. Pipelining
  4. Instruction level parallelism
  5. Caches
  6. Multiprocessors
  7. Interconnection networks 


This course has similarities to ELEC4700. If you have completed ELEC4700 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ELEC4720 Programmable Logic Design

Assessment items

Formal Examination: School exam

Project: Project

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term