CS220 Computer Architecture

for S2B 2012

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CS 220 Computer Architecture


S2B 2012 BL


Hill, Shaw


Adjunct Faculty


BS. CS, Park University
BA, Mgmt, Park University

Office Location

Classroom 30 minutes prior to class if requested ahead of time

Office Hours

30 minutes prior to class if requested ahead of time

Daytime Phone


Other Phone





Semester Dates

19 March 2012-13 May 2012

Class Days

Monday and Wednesday

Class Time



CS 208, CS 219

Credit Hours



 Computer Organization and Architecture
RequiredEdition: 8TH 10 • Stallings, William
ISBN: 9780136073734

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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. Do not download until week 4 as it has a life of 4 weeks.

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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

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 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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Draw and run a circuit using Digital Works.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of control circuit through development of a code to perform a task.
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:
Weekly Homework assignments
Weekly Quizzes
Computer Architecture Circuit Design Project
Final Examination

Weekly Discussion Participation (Weeks 1-8) 1 points
Weekly Quizzes (Weeks  2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) 60 points
Weekly Homework (Weeks 1-7) 14 points
Project Paper (Week 7) 5 points
Final Examination (Week 8) 20 points

Total Points 100

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assignments are due 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday of the academic week. The instructor has discretion on awarding points for late work.

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. Cell phones off during class.  Take any trash with you when you leave.  Be in class and on time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Ch Problem(s) Page Quiz Ch
1 1 & 2
2 2 2.4 60
3 3 3.1 105 1 & 2
4 4 4.1 146
5 5 5.11 & 5.13 183 3 & 4
6 6 6.8 216
7 7 5 & 6
8 7 7.1 255
9 8 8.6b 300 7
10 9 9.10 & 9.11 345
11 10 10.19 388 8 & 9
12 11 11.13 430
13 12 12.1 476 10 & 11
14 15 15.2 585
15 Review 1-12 15
16 Final Ch 1-12 & 15

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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