CS241: Computer Organization
Syllabus
Spring 2001

Instructor: Prof. Janice T. Searleman
Office: 375 Science Center
Phone:268-2377
E-mail: jets@clarkson.edu

Office Hours:

Mon, Wed 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Tue 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Thu 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fri 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

If you cannot come during these scheduled office hours, feel free to contact me to set up an appointment.

Course Objectives:

An introduction to computer organization with a focus on assembly language programming. Topics include the functional organization of computer hardware; data representation, and computer arithmetic; instruction sets, addressing modes and low-level I/O. The MIPS assembly language and C will be used. This course serves as a foundation for courses on operating systems, compilers, networks, and computer architecture.

Textbook & Software:

Computer Organization & Design: The Hardware/Software Interface, Second Edition, by David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1998, ISBN 1-55860-428-6.

SPIM Simulator. Also available by anonymous ftp from ftp.cs.wisc.edu in the file pub/spim/spim.tar.Z

Course Outline:

Topics and Reading Assignments

Grading Policy:

2 Midterm Exams 30%
Final Exam 35%
Programming Projects & Homework 35%

Tentative dates for the exams are: February 21 and April 4.

You are responsible for all material discussed in class and in the reading assignments. Attendance is particularly important, and class participation is encouraged. The written homework and programming assignments are expected to be individual efforts unless otherwise notified. You are encouraged to learn from each other and to help each other understand concepts, but be ethical -- do not copy or edit a program which isn't yours or allow another student to write or debug your program for you.

Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the given due date. Late programs will be accepted up to one week late, but there will be a 15% reduction in grade.

After one week, a grade of zero will be recorded for the assignment. You are strongly urged to see the instructor before any problems arise.