What is Computer Architecture?

We Include Computer Architecture in EveryIT Course

Although extensive computer architecture knowledge is not necessary for every IT career, all IT professionals should study a course that gives them at least a basic understanding of computer architecture to perform their roles effectively. In this article, we will explain why this is the case, what exactly computer architecture is, and which course you should study to gain foundational knowledge in this field.

What is Computer Architecture?

Computer architecture is the study of how the various components of a PC are organised and interact to allow it to function efficiently and effectively. A course in computer architecture will cover each of these components, which include: 

  1. Input devices: Hardware devices that allow users to enter data or instructions into a PC, e.g., keyboards and mouses.
  2. Output devices: Hardware devices that allow users to view information produced by a PC, e.g., printers and monitors.
  3. Memory: Where data and instructions are stored temporarily to allow the CPU to process them.
  4. Storage devices: Allow data and programs to be stored long-term and ensure they are retrievable even after a device is powered off and on. 
  5. Central Processing Unit: Executes instructions received from the memory to process data in a way that allows a PC to perform various functions.

A course in computer architecture will give you a sound understanding of how the above components work together to allow a PC to perform various operations. Completing a course in this field will prove beneficial once you enter the working world for several reasons, some of which are listed below.

Computer Architecture Course Benefits for IT Professionals

Completing a course in computer architecture gives IT professionals an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of PC hardware which helps them to perform the following tasks expertly: 

  • Troubleshoot hardware issues to develop solutions.
  • Design faster and more efficient software optimised for a system’s hardware.
  • Improve a system’s performance by analysing its hardware components and recommending upgrades or replacements.
  • Identify system weaknesses and come up with strategies to prevent attacks.

Without computer architecture knowledge, the above tasks can prove much more challenging.

Which Computer Architecture Course to Study

At Belgium Campus iTversity, we understand how important foundational knowledge in computer architecture is, which is why each course at our institution includes computer architecture as a core module in the first year. By doing this, we ensure that regardless of the course our students choose, they can rest assured that they will not miss out on this crucial knowledge.

Need Course Information?

Are you interested in finding out more about a specific Belgium Campus iTversity course or the computer architecture module offered as part of it? Feel free to email us at info@belgiumcampus.ac.za or call us on 010 593 5368. Our career advisors are always on hand and would be more than happy to help you choose a course that best suits your immediate needs and, of course, your goals for the future.