CS 270 presents a top-down introduction to computer architecture after students have completed 2 semesters of Java programming. The course begins with C programs and number representation; followed by the Von Neumann model, Instruction Set Architecture and assembly language programming; and ending with digital logic and gates. The concepts in this course will be reinforced through assignments in C, LC3 assembly language, and Logisim based circuit design.
The textbook covers this material in a bottom-up fashion so we will cover the chapters in a different order. See the Progress page for more information.
Graded activities will occur each week.
CS 161 (C or better), CS 200/220 (or concurrent registration), MATH 141 or MATH 155 or MATH 160 (C or better).
|Lecture||001||Tue/Thu|| ||Clark A201||Dave|
|Recitation||L02||Wed/Fri|| ||COMSC 225||Fahad, Zahra||None|
|Recitation||L03||Wed/Fri|| ||COMSC 225||Zahra||Jason|
|Recitation||L04||Wed/Fri|| ||COMSC 225||Zahra||Jason|
|Recitation||L05||Wed/Fri|| ||COMSC 225||Fahad||Sabrina|
|Recitation||L06||Wed/Fri|| ||COMSC 225||Fahad||Sabrina|
|Tue|| ||Fahad||COMSC 120|
|Wed|| ||Sabrina||COMSC 120|
|Assignments||30%||C and LC3 programs, logic designs|
|Recitations||10%||Attendance and Completion|
|Quizzes||10%||iClicker and Canvas|
|Final Exam||20%||Comprehensive Final|
Midterm and Final Exams: Examination dates are listed in the syllabus; be aware of them and plan accordingly. Make-up exams are only given for extraordinary circumstances (e.g., illness, death of family member). Students must notify the instructor as soon as possible, preferably before the start of the exam, so other arragmentments can be made.
On-line Quizzes: On-line quizzes will use Canvas. Two attempts within the given period are permitted. Late submissions are not accepted.
Peer Instruction: Make-ups will be given for missed peer instruction if you have a documented excuse. Please arrange with the instructor or a teaching assistant. If you are missing your iClicker during class, submit the answers on paper with your name and ID to the instructor at the end of that class for partial credit. This should be a rare occurrence; the amount of partial credit will decrease each occurrence.
Recitations: Make-ups will be given for missed recitations if you have a documented and approved excuse. Please arrange with the instructor or a teaching assistant.
Programming assignments: Programs are submitted electronically. Details of how this is done appears with the first assignment. Always check the progress page for due dates. The due date will include a day and time. The assignment may specify a late acceptance period which will include a late penalty of 20%. After the late period, electronic submission is closed; students that have not submitted programs receive zero points for the assignment.
|First day of classes||Tue, Jan 15|
|Deadline to add without override||Sun, Jan 21|
|Registration (drop/add) closes||Wed, Jan 31|
|First Midterm||Tue, Feb 20|
|Spring Break||Mon, Mar 12 - Fri, Mar 16|
|Last day to withdraw||Mon, Mar 19|
|Second Midterm||Tue, Apr 03|
|Last day of classes||Fri, May 04|
|Final Exam (Section 001)||Thu, May 10, 2:00pm-4:00pm|
The midterm and final exams will be held in the same classroom as regular lectures.
All students taking this course are expected to participate actively. This includes asking and responding to questions. Students are also expected to scan the announcements on the home page and the progress page every day for updates. If an assignment changes significantly, we will send an email.