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521286A Computer Systems, 8 ECTS cr 
Code 521286A  Validity 01.08.2015 -
Name Computer Systems  Abbreviation Computer System 
Scope8 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline4307 Information Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Computer Science and Engineering DP 

Teemu Leppänen 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 

Lecturing in Finnish, course and exercise material available in English.


Autumn, periods 1-2.

Learning outcomes 

1. Student understands the basic computer architecture and organization.

2. Student understands CPU operation and datapath in general.

3. Student knows different number systems and data representations in computers.

4. Student is familiar of I/O operation with peripheral devices in general.

5. Student is able to implement small programs with the C programming language for general-purpose computers for embedded systems.

6. Student recognizes how embedded systems programming is different from programming general-purpose computers.


Yleinen tietokoneen organisaatio ja arkkitehtuuri, keskusyksikkö, muistihierarkia ja muistinhallinta, tietotyypit, laiterekisterit ja I/O, yleinen tietokoneen ohjelmointi ja laiteläheisen ohjelmointi, C-kielen perusteet.


Mode of delivery 

Web-based and face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures (40h), course exercises (20h), laboratory exercise (3h) and course projects in groups.


Target group 

2nd year students of computer science and engineering and 3rd year students of electrical engineering.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Elementary programming 521141P.

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is an independent entity and does not require additional studies carried out at the same time.


Recommended or required reading 

Course material will be announced at the beginning of the course.


Assessment methods and criteria 

Students complete the course exercises after lectures, participate to the laboratory exercise and complete the course projects in groups. Assessment is based on the exercises and the course projects. More detailed information on assessment will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.


Person responsible 

Teemu Leppänen, Mika Rautiainen.

Working life cooperation 



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