This course introduces you to the background of information systems architecture. You will learn a holistic approach to both hardware and software architecture design from a broad systems perspective. Both a business and technical focus will be covered with concrete examples of current technologies and related managerial issues.
This course seeks to introduce you to a number of topics crucial to understanding computer system architecture as an entity and discipline in the information technology (IT) field. It starts by introducing you to the concept of a system as it pertains to computers, computer language, numbering system, and an overview of the computer architecture evolution.
The course then moves to explore the components (central processing unit [CPU], memory, motherboard bus) which makes the system work and delves into their architecture. To complete the picture, the course takes you into the world of clusters, supercomputing, parallel computing, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), and finally the type of networks that make the system as a whole work.
Candidates in this field will typically work in teams responsible for infrastructure systems, architecture, and security design. Experienced candidates may lead the design of innovative solutions for existing and future information technology infrastructure networking systems and will ensure information technology systems are secure, integrated, and accessible to authorized personnel. S/he will also be responsible for development of policies, standards, and procedures to manage information technology systems. This includes analyzing business and user needs, documenting requirements, and revising existing system logic difficulties as necessary.