CS220 Computer Architecture

for S2B 2008

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CS 220 Computer Architecture


S2B 2008 BL


Hill, Shaw


Adjunct Facility


MS, Industrial Engineering
BS, Computer Science
BA, Management

Office Location


Office Hours

30 minutes prior to class if previously requested by the student

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

18 March 2008 - 8 May 2008

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours


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

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
World wide web. The attachment contains slides that will be presented in class.  Recommend they be printed ahead of time to have when that materiel is covered in class.  The slides are also in the text.

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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, CS219. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.  The instructer will present instruction in an unthreatening atmosphere and administer exams.  The student will earn earn his or her grade.

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:
1.  Reading of the text. 2.  Exercise problems listed  below. 3.  Two examinations, a midterm and a final.

Course Points Exercises 25 ; 1 per question,  Midterm 35,  Final 40 Total 100 (91-100=A; 81-90=B; 71-80=C; 60-70=D; below 60 = F)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Homework should be submitted the first class after the weekend after the class in which the material was covered.  Homework submitted after Thursday of the week it is required will receive half credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Take all trash with you when you leave the room. No use of cell phones in class.  Turn them off. Be on-time to class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session        Topic        Assignment Exercises (in addition to reading of the chapters)
#1                Intro,Ch 1, Exercises #2 and #10
#2                Ch 2,       #2, 4, 9b, 30 
#3                Ch 2,
#4                Ch 3,       #2, 3A#2
#5                Ch 3,      #22 using KMAP simplification, #28,
#6                Ch 3,       #37, 40, 42
#7                Review for midterm
#8                Midterm
#9                Ch 4,         #3, #4
#10              Ch 4,         #13
#11              Ch 4          #14, #16
#12              Ch 5          #8, #13, #14  
#13              Ch 6         #2, #12
#14              Ch 7         #1, 7A.6, #4
#15              Review
#16              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
Absolutely any cheating will be grounds for dismissal from the class and an automatic grade of "F". Any perception of cheating will be grounds for an investigation.

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
The instructor expects all students to attend every class.  If a student cannot be in class he or she must notify the instructor prior to the class for the absence to be excused.

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 .

CS220 set of slides.ppt


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Last Updated:2/9/2008 9:42:44 PM