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Fundamentals of Information Technology (T)

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are able to:
- identify and describe how computer systems and their components are structured and operate.
- assess the fields of application for a wide range of computer systems.
- apply performance assessments and capacity planning when planning, procuring and optimizing such systems.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

In this course students learn about fundamental constructions of modern computer systems (system components, peripherals, computer architectures, etc.). In this context, the representation of complex types of information is presented and students also work on the calculation of these systems (positional notation systems, computer arithmetic).

recommended or required reading

Malz, Helmut: Rechnerarchitektur - Eine Einführung für Ingenieure und Informatiker.- Braunschweig: Vieweg, 2004.
Märtin, Christian: Einführung in die Rechnerarchitektur: Prozessoren und Systeme.- München: Fachbuchverlag Leipzig, 2003.
Menasce, Daniel A.; Almeida, Virgilio A.F.; Dowdy, Lawrence W.: Performance by Design – Computer Capacity Planning by Example.- Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2004.
Schiffmann, Wolfram; Schmitz, Robert: Technische Informatik 1 - Grundlagen der digitalen Elektronik.- Berlin: Springer, 2004.
Schiffmann, Wolfram; Schmitz, Robert: Technische Informatik 2 - Grundlagen der Computertechnik.- Berlin, 2005.
Tanenbaum, Andrew S.; Goodman, James: Computer¬architektur: Strukturen, Konzepte, Grundlagen.- München: Pearson Studium (Prentice Hall), 2006.

assessment methods and criteria

Standardized exam (Multiple choice and short answers)

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and task discussion

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


course-hours-per-week (chw)


name of lecturer(s)

Dr. Attenberger Andreas

year of study


recommended optional program components

not applicable

course unit code


type of course unit

compulsory (integrated lecture)

mode of delivery

In-class course

work placement(s)

not applicable