CS220 Computer Architecture

for U1AA 2008

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CS 220 Computer Architecture


U1AA 2008 LC


Ramos, Jose' Antonio


MS in Computer Science
BS in Computer Science
AAS in Electronics Engineering

Office Location

Lackland AFB

Office Hours

TBA at start of class

Daytime Phone

210 932 5564

Other Phone




Semester Dates

2 June 08 – 27 July 08

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM


CS 208 and CS 219

Credit Hours


The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture, Jones & Bartlett, 2003, Null  , Second Edition

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Course Description:
The student will learn about the various hardware components of a computer system. Course topics include: data representation, number systems, Boolean algebra, combinational logic, sequential logic, CPU layout, registers, adders, bus systems, and memory devices. Prerequisites: CS208, CS219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is based on the concept of applied learning.  It is believed that to fully benefit from an education, students must aggressively read and study course material on a routine basis, continually applying and building upon their newfound knowledge.  Students are to be well prepared to discuss the text examples and assignments provided in each chapter.  Discussion of these examples and assignments will be part of the basis of the class participation grade. Students should expect to invest at a minimum of ten hours of focused time studying, practicing, and preparing the assignments

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve problems involving Boolean algebra, integer computer representation and arithmetic (such as binary, octal, hexadecimal, 2's complement), and floating-point computer representation and arithmetic.
  2. Design combinational and sequential circuits. Explain various circuitry components including gates, multiplexers/demultiplexers, encoders/decoders, latches, flip-flops, registers, counters, and adders.
  3. Explain and analyze Memory and I/O designs
  4. Explain and analyze CPU designs

Core Assessment:

For this course, the assessment artifact is a final exam which counts for 20% of the grade. In the artifact there will be 4 questions in each of the categories. (Critical Thinking: Synthesis, Analysis, Evaluation; Content: Terminology, Concepts, Application; and Technical Skills: Whole Artifact, Component, Relationship) Thus, there will be 32 questions total in the final exam artifact. The artifact will test all four of the core learning objectives in each category.

All Park University courses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to which students learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that a student's performance on the core assessment tool must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. For this course, the tool consists of the final exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of the student's total course grade. School policy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of a course's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, all CS220 instructors are required to give the same final exam. See the attached final exam artifact and artifact solution. To prevent cheating, students are strictly forbidden from keeping the final exam, the solutions, or copies of either.

The ICS Program Coordinator will analyze core assessment results for a sampling of all ICS courses offered. In analyzing the results, the ICS Program Coordinator will grade the exams using the (very specific) grading criteria shown on the exam solution. The final grade is in the form of a percentage where the percentages equate to the following levels of success:

Exceeds expectations

Meets expectations

Does not meet expectations

No evidence

≥ 85%

65% to 84%

< 65%

No exam graded.

The ICS Program Coordinator will use the core assessment scores to compare results across all instructional modalities.

Class Assessment:
5-30min quizzes                     30%
2-hour Midterm                     30 %
Participation/Preparedness     10%
2-hour Final Examination        30 %     Week Eight (Comprehensive)

100-90         A
89-80           B
79-70           C
69-60           D
Below 60      F  

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due.  The due date of homework will be annotated at the bottom of each assignment.  Late homework will be accepted up to the start of the next class meeting but will incur a 20-point (out of 100) reduction in score each calendar day it is late.  Late homework will not be accepted after the start of the next class meeting and will receive an automatic zero for a grade.  The instructor may modify the due dates and it is the students responsibility to adjust the assignment turn in accordingly.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
While in class, the class should be your primary focus. Disruptions of class due to communications devices have become so prevalent that they are a major distraction in class (to you, to the instructor and to other students). For this reason such devices must not be brought to class or must be deactivated (silenced) during the class lecture.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1:  1 Introduction and 2 Data Representation in Computer Systems 
Week 2:  3 Boolean Algebra and Digital Logic
Week 3:  4 MARIE: An Introduction to a Simple Computer
Week 4:  Review and Mid-term
Week 5:  5 A Closer Look at Instruction Set Architecture
Week 6:  6 Memory
Week 7:  7 Input/Output and Storage Systems: 7.2-3; and 8 System Software
Week 8:  Review and Final

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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