|Office hours||9:30am - 11:00am MTWR, and by appointment, Park 205|
|Class||Mondays and Wednesdays 1:10pm-2:30pm|
|Open Lab||Wednesdays 2:40pm-4:00pm, Park Room 231 (Computer Science Lab)|
Course Description: A classroom/laboratory course studying the hierarchical design of modern digital computers. Combinatorial and sequential logic elements; construction of microprocessors; instruction sets; assembly language programming. Lectures cover the theoretical aspects of machine architecture. In the laboratory, designs discussed in lecture are constructed in software. Prerequisite: CMSC B206 and CMSC B231.
|1||Wed||9/6||Introduction||Lab1, fetch from Assignments tab|
|2||Mon||9/11||Welcome aboard!, Discuss Chapter 1|
|Wed||9/13||Bits, Data Types, and Operations||Lab2, Discuss Chapter 2|
|3||Mon||9/18||Numbers: Two's Complement|
|Wed||9/20||Numbers||Lab3: Floating-Point Representation|
|4||Mon||9/25||Memory, Discuss Floating-Point Representation|
|Wed||9/27||Flow of Control||Lab4: Memory and Flow of Control|
|5||Mon||10/2||New Instructions and Directives|
|Wed||10/4||Chapter 6: Programming||Lab4, continued|
|6||Mon||10/9||Sections 5.4.5, 9.1, 9.2: Subroutines|
|9||Mon||10/30||Assembly Language||Discuss Chapter 7|
|10||Mon||11/6||Assembly Language, Variables|
|Wed||11/15||The Stack||Discuss Chapter 10|
|12||Mon||11/20||The C Programming Language|
|Wed||12/13||Presentations, Final Paperwork||Project write-up due Thursday, 5pm|
Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits & Gates to C & Beyond (second edition), by Yale N. Patt & Sanjay J. Patel, McGraw Hill Publishers, 2004.
We will be using the Jupyter Little Computer 3 simulator and software, installed on the Athena computer cluster:
You should have already received a password and username via email. If not, please let me know.
Attendance and active participation are expected in every class. Participation includes asking questions, contributing answers, proposing ideas, and providing constructive comments.
As you will discover, we are proponents of two-way communication and we welcome feedback during the semester about the course. We are available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps us get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that we won't have time to cover in-class.
Although computer science work can be intense, please stay in touch with us, particularly if you feel stuck on a topic or project and can't figure out how to proceed. Often a quick e-mail, phone call or face-to-face conference can reveal solutions to problems and generate renewed creative and scholarly energy. It is essential that you begin assignments early, since we will be covering a variety of challenging topics in this course.
There will be about seven assignments, weighted equally in the final grading. Assignments must be submitted according to the Assignment Submission instructions.
At the end of the semester, final grades will be calculated as a weighted average of all grades according to the following weights:
Incomplete grades will be given only for verifiable medical illness or other such dire circumstances.
All work must be turned in either in hard-copy or electronic submission, depending on the instructions given in the assignment. E-mail submissions, when permitted, should request a "delivery receipt" to document time and date of submission. Extensions will be given only in the case of verifiable medical excuses or other such dire circumstances, if requested in advance and supported by your Academic Dean.
No assignment will be accepted after it is past due.
No past work can be "made up" after it is due.
There will be two exams in this course. The exams will be open-book and open-notes. The exams will cover material from lectures, homeworks, and assigned readings (including topics not discussed in class).
We encourage you to discuss the material and work together to understand it. Here are our thoughts on collaborating with other students:
If you have any questions as to what types of collaborations are allowed, please feel free to ask.