CS220 Computer Architecture

for F2T 2006

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CS 220 Computer Architecture


F2T 2006 DL


Gaught, William Lee


Senior Instructor


B.S. Computer Science, Louisiana State University - Shreveport
M.S. Compuer and Information Science, Troy State University - Montgomery
M.S. Space Operations, Air Force Institute of Technology

Office Location

Orlando, Florida

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

407-699-8436 (fax)




Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours


Required textbook: Stallings, William. Computer Organization & Architecture, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN 0-13-185644-8.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
A software program called Digital Works will be used during week 5 to design a simple digital circuit. Digital Works is freeware and a website link is located in the Webliography section of the online classroom so students can download a copy of the program.

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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, buses, and memory devices. Prerequisites: CS208 and CS219.

Educational Philosophy:
My approach to teaching involves the integration of lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion forums, internet research, along with my experiences to expose students to a variety of media and materials.  Students are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas to facilitate a positive learning environment.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Solve arithmetic problems involving different computer number systems - binary, octal, hex, 2's complement.
  2. Solve boolean algebra problems involving deMorgan's Laws, truth tables, minterms & maxterms, Karnaugh maps.
  3. Design combinational circuits using gates.
  4. Explain some or all of these items: multiplexers, (a) demultiplexers, encoders, decoders (b) programmable logic arrays (c) VHDL (d) latches and flip-flops (e) registers and counters (f) clocked sequential circuits
  5. Design circuits using some or all of the above items.
  6. Explain and analyze CPU design.
  7. Explain and analyze memory design.
  8. Explain and analyze I/O device design.

Core Assessment:

All Park Universitycourses must include a core assessment tool that measures the degree to whichstudents learn the course's learning outcomes. School policy dictates that astudent'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 thefinal exam. Therefore, the final exam must count for at least 20% of thestudent's total course grade (preferably, it will count for more). Schoolpolicy dictates that the core assessment tool must cover at least 75% of acourse's learning outcomes. To ensure compliance, instructors must include thefollowing types of questions in the final exam:

 Type 1: The studentwill be required to solve a series of problems by applying mathematicalprinciples (arithmetic/Boolean algebra)

Atleast 6 problems that are representative of the above types.

Relevantlearning outcomes: 1, 2

Type 2: The studentwill be able to explain/define some of the items described in LO #4

Atleast 6 questions that are representative of the above types.

Relevantlearning outcome: 4

Type 3:  The studentwill be required to solve a problem by analyzing a digital schematic

At least 1comprehensive question or 3 questions that utilize separate parts of acoherent whole.

Relevantlearning outcomes:

 Type 4:  The studentwill be required to solve a problem by designing and analyzing a digital circuit

At least 1 comprehensive question or 3 questions that utilize separate parts of a coherent whole.

Relevantlearning outcomes: 3, 5, 6, 7

*Artifactas used below refers to the final test.

Class Assessment:
Weekly Discussion Questions Weekly Homework assignments Weekly Quizzes Computer Architecture Circuit Design Project Final Examination

Weekly Discussion Participation (Weeks 1-8) 160 points Weekly Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7)160 points Weekly Homework (Weeks 1-7)304 points Project Paper (Week 5)100 points Final Examination (Week 8) 170 points Total Points 894

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday of the academic week.  There will be 10% penalty for each day that is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are expected to follow the rules for acceptable conduct and good manners.  Any student, who does not adhere to these guidelines will be excused from class and reported to the proper authorities.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Assignments and their due dates are listed in the online classroom.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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 "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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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Last Updated:10/7/2006 4:19:05 PM