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CS 220 Computer Architecture
Cigas, John


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

CS 220 Computer Architecture

Semester

SP 2011 HO

Faculty

Cigas, John

Title

Ass. Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D.

Office Location

SC 113B

Office Hours

By appointment, or see the schedule posted on my door

Daytime Phone

816-584-6435

E-Mail

john.cigas@park.edu

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Stallings, Computer Organization & Architecture: Designing for Performance, 8th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-13-607373-4

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

We will be using a java-based logic simulator to construct digital circuits. This software is free and is available from
http://ozark.hendrix.edu/~burch/logisim

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Course Description:
CS220 Computer Architecture: The student will learn about the various hardware components of a computer system. Course topics include: data representation, numbering systems, Boolean algebra, combinational logic, sequential logic, CPU layout, registers, adders, buses, and memory devices. Prerequisites: CS208, CS219. 3:0:3

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:

Your grade will be calculated according to the following percentages:
Midterm exams
40%
Final exam
20%
Homework, Class activities, & Projects
40%

Projects may be done alone or in pairs. Each group will receive the same score for the work. All exams and project quizzes will be taken individually. You must let me know when you turn in the assignment that your are working as a group.
 
No calculator, cell phone, or any electronic device is allowed in any test.

Grading:

 
90-100 A
80-89.99 B
70-79.99 C
60-69.99 D
less than 60 F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Generally, late assignments receive a 0. It is to your advantage to complete assignments on time, so that you get timely feedback and keep up with the course material. However, knowing that situations arise, such as lost flash drives, power outages, dead batteries, etc., you will have two (2) late grace periods of 48 hours, no questions asked. You must indicate on your project submission that you are using one of these freebies. You may only use one freebie per assignment. In addition, if there is a true emergency, such as serious illness, contact me as soon as possible, with documentation, and we'll find a reasonable solution.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

We will cover chapters 1-7, 9, 19 and 20 for sure. If time allows, we will also cover topics from chapters 12-14.

There will be numerous projects and assignments, each lasting 1-2 weeks. All assignments will be available from the Doc Sharing area of eCompanion (parkonline.org). The schedule of due dates is available online through Google Calendar. You may view the schedule through eCompanion, under Calendar. You may also incorporate this calendar into your own calendar application. The link is in the Announcements section of eCompanion.

Exams are scheduled for: Friday February 4, Wednesday March 2, Wednesday April 6 and Wednesday May 4.

Please plan your schedules so that you are around for these exams. You will be allowed to take a make-up test only if you give me a note that is signed by a doctor, sports coach, or funeral director, and the signer's phone number is on the note. Make-up tests will tend to be harder than the original tests. All make-up tests must be taken within one week of the original test's date.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
You may use whatever resources you like to complete your assignments, however you should acknowledge the sources of any help you get (copying a program from a web site, having your little sister debug your program, etc.). However, copying work from another person or group in the course is a definite no-no.

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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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