Computer Architecture and Organization – CSIS 342

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Introduction to architecture and organization of computer systems. Data and instruction representations. Arithmetic and logical operations. Processor and memory implementations. (Formerly CSCI 342)

Prerequisite

CSIS 215 or CSCI 215

Rationale

This course introduces the concepts of computer architecture and organization and presents basic computer system features. The course will enable students to design and implement software that more efficiently utilizes a computer system and that accommodates its limitations. Students will also be able to read and understand literature on the topic, enabling them to further their knowledge and keep abreast of current technology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the key computer components (e.g. the system buses, internal/external memory, CPU, control unit, and input/output) and how they provide the services of a computer.
  2. Discuss issues relevant to achieving high performance in computers.
  3. Assess differences between common architectural techniques in use today.
  4. Apply Boolean algebra in the design and explanation of combinatorial and sequential circuits.
  5. Simulate a basic computer function (e.g. floating point operation).
  6. Use oral and written communication skills to convey technical information effectively and accurately.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words, demonstrate course-related and Bible-related knowledge, and include at least 1 citation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. Current APA formatting is required for any citations.

Labs (4)

The student is required to complete 4 assignments that will give him/her an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the lessons learned during the associated modules/weeks.

Quizzes (12)

There will be 12 quizzes given throughout the 8-week term. Each quiz consists of 2 parts. Part A will contain 1 essay question. Part B will be comprised of true/false, multiple choice, and other types of questions. Students will have 40 minutes to complete both parts of the quiz.


Midterm and Final Exams (2)

The exams are open-book/open-notes. Each exam consists of 2 parts. Part A will contain essay questions. Part B will be comprised of true/false, multiple choice, and other types of questions. Students will have 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete both parts of the Midterm Exam. Students will have 1 hour and 25 minutes to complete both parts of the Final Exam.