COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:CSC-268 COMPUTER ORGANIZATION
Fundamentals of the architecture and operation of modern computers. Computer arithmetic: binary, hexadecimal and decimal number conversions, binary number arithmetic and IEEE binary floating point number standard. Basic computer logic: gates, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, adders, ALU, SRAM and DRAM. Basic assembly language programming, basic Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), and the design of single cycle CPU. The MIPS based computers are used as example architecture, and alternative architectures are also discussed.
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This course is a required course for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Activities and assignments in this course support our program objectives currently listed on our departmental website (www.cs.nsu.edu/programs/ugradBS_CSC.html). Specifically, this course enables the objectives listed below:
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|Introduction to Computer Organization||Week 1|
|Decimal, Binary and Hexadecimal number systems||Week 2|
|Homework #1||Week 2|
|PCSpim Simulator||Week 3|
|MIPS Assembly Language Programming||Week 4-5|
|Homework 2||Week 4|
|MIPS Instruction Set Design||Week 6-8|
|Homework #3||Week 6|
|Homework #4||Week 7|
|Midterm Exam||Week 8|
|Mid-Semester Break||Week 9|
|MIPS Arithmetic Instructions and Floating Point Instructions||week 10-11|
|Homework #5||Week 10|
|Digital Logic||Week 12-14|
|Homework #6||Week 13|
|Homework #7||Week 14|
|MIPS Single-Cycle Datapath Design||Week 15-16|
|Homework #8||Week 15|
|There will be weekly class work, a midterm examination and a final examination.
|B||80% - 89%|
|C||70% - 79%|
|D||60% - 69%|
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