CS 2810: Computer Organization and Architecture

Fall 2017 Syllabus

Course for students in Computer Science and Computer and Information Technologies programs, or having interest in computer architecture. This course will instruct students in the basic building blocks of digital computers, instruction sets, number representation, interrupts, RISC and CISC architectures, etc. Students will be required to complete programming projects in a high level language and in assembly language.

Prerequisites

CS 1410 with a C- or better

Course fees

Course fee: $25, used to assist in maintaining CIT infrastructure.

Sections

One section:

  1. MWF 11:00 am in Smith 116

    CRN: 40226

    Final exam Wednesday, December 13 at 11:00 am

Instructor

Instructor: Dr Russ Ross

Email:

Phone: 435-652-7971 (note: email preferred)

Office: North Burns 226

Office Hours: MWF 10–11:00 AM, TR 9:30–10:30 AM

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to discuss the principles of:

The student will be able to:

Resources

Texts

There are no required texts for this course. Readings will be assigned from online resources.

Computer Labs

You may use the computers in Udvar-Hazy 151. There will also be lab assistants in this lab.

You can also use your own personal computer for the assignments, though no support will be provided by the instructor.

Course Web Site

This course has an accompanying website. You are responsible for announcements, the schedule, and other resources posted on the website. Grades will be managed using Canvas.

Assignments and Exams

Participation

Attendance and participation in in-class discussions is required, and is graded. Honest effort and focused attention is more important than correctness for in-class exercises.

Assignments

There will be a project due almost every week during the semester. Projects are designed to take 10+ hours of work for successful completion. These assignments will involve various activities to promote a deeper understanding of the course materials. Most of the projects build upon previous work, so students who fall behind will not be able to complete the course successfully.

Exams

This course has two midterm exams and a final exam. These exams will consist of questions based on the projects and lecture material that is not part of the projects.

Grading

Assignments and exams each contribute to your point total. The assignments will comprise 50% of the total, the midterm exams 15% each, and the final exam 20%.

Letter grades are assigned based on the percentage of possible points attained, according to the following chart:

Minimum Percentage Letter Grade
93 A
90 A-
87 B+
83 B
80 B-
77 C+
73 C
70 C-
67 D+
63 D
60 D-
0 F

Course Policies

Attendance

Students are responsible for material covered and announcements made in class. School-related absences may be made up only if prior arrangements are made. The class schedule presented is approximate. The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule according to class needs. Changes will be announced in class. Exams and quizzes cannot be made up unless arrangements are made prior to the scheduled time.

Occasional absences are acceptable as long as the student keeps up with assignment work. Students who miss more than two consecutive weeks of class or who miss more than 20% of scheduled classes during the semester without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade. Students who miss any scheduled exam (including midterm exams and the final exam) or fail to complete a final project without making prior arrangements will receive a failing grade.

This course can only be completed by attending classes and completing all assigned work to a satisfactory level. There is no procedure for testing out of the class.

Time Commitment

Courses should require about 45 hours of work per credit hour of class. This class will require about 135 hours of work on the part of the student to achieve a passing grade, which is approximately 9 hours per week. If you do not have the time to spend on this course, you should probably rethink your schedule.

Late Policy

Assignments are due on the date specified in the schedule. Handing them in or passing them off after the specified time is considered one day late. You may turn them in up to two school days late with penalties as described below. After two days late, you receive zero points.

For example: if an assignment is due at noon on Thursday:

Saturdays, Sundays, and school holidays do not count as late days. Late days do not extend beyond the last day of class.

Each student is given five free late days to use over the course of the semester. The lateness of an assignment will be determined according to the rules given above, and the first five late days used during the semester will be forgiven. After that, each late day will result in a 10% penalty.

Important notes:

Collaboration

Limited collaboration with other students in the course is permitted. Students may seek help learning concepts and developing programming skills from whatever sources they have available, and are encouraged to do so. Collaboration on assignments, however, must be confined to course instructors, lab assistants, and other students in the course. Students are free to discuss strategies for solving programming assignments with each other, but this must not extend to the level of programming code. Each student must code his/her own solution to each assignment. See the section on cheating.

Cheating

Cheating will not be tolerated, and will result in a failing grade for the students involved as well as possible disciplinary action from the college. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, turning in homework assignments that are not the student’s own work. It is okay to seek help from others and from reference materials, but only if you learn the material. As a general rule, if you cannot delete your assignment, start over, and re-create it successfully without further help, then your homework is not considered your own work.

You are encouraged to work in groups while studying for tests, discussing class lectures, discussing algorithms for homework solutions, and helping each other identify errors in your homework solutions. If you are unsure if collaboration is appropriate, contact the instructor. Also, note exactly what you did. If your actions are determined to be inappropriate, the response will be much more favorable if you are honest and complete in your disclosure.

Where collaboration is permitted, each student must still create and type in his/her own solution. Any kind of copying and pasting is not okay. If you need help understanding concepts, get it from the instructor or fellow classmates, but never copy another’s code or written work, either electronically or visually. The line between collaborating and cheating is generally one of language: talking about solutions in English or other natural languages is usually okay, while discussions that take place in programming languages are usually not okay. It is a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes after any discussion to start your independent write-up. This will help you commit what you have learned to long-term memory as well as help to avoid crossing the line to cheating.

College Policies

Click on this link: https://old.dixie.edu/reg/?page=spring2017 for comprehensive information on the Semester Dates, the Final Exam Schedule, University resources such as the library, Disability Resource Center, IT Student Help Desk, Online Writing Lab, Testing Center, Tutoring Center, Wellness Center and Writing Center. In addition, please review DSU policies and statements with regards to Academic Integrity, Disruptive Behavior and Absences related to university functions.

If you are a student with a medical, psychological, or learning disability or think you might have a disability and would like accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center (652-7516) in the North Plaza. The Disability Resource Center (http://dixie.edu/drcenter/) will determine eligibility of the student requesting special services and determine the appropriate accommodations related to their disability.

Last Updated 08/19/2017