NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY
700 PARK AVENUE * NORFOLK, VIRGINIA * 23504
Robinson Technology Center (RTC)
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Email: CompSci@nsu.edu

Computer Science Courses

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE SYLLABUS

COURSE NUMBER & TITLE:
CSC-468   Computer Architecture
COURSE CREDITS:
3
PREREQUISITES:
CSC 268 Computer Organization
CO-REQUISITES:
See Instructor
COURSE DESCRIPTION:

An introduction to the building blocks for constructing computers such as datapath, pipeline, Cache, memories and arithmetic units, input and output, from the perspective of a system programmer. Many issues and techniques, such as memory hierarch, are addressed in the designing of the modern computers.

COURSE MATERIALS / REQUIRED TEXT(s) / SUPPLEMENTARY READINGS:
    Text:
  • Computer Organization and Design, by J. Hennesey, and D. Patterson
  • References
  • Computer Architecture, by J. Hennesey, and D. Patterson

Purchase books/supplies Online at NSU Barnes & Nobles Bookstore (http://norfolkstate.bncollege.com)

COMPUTER SCIENCE OFFICE LOCATION:

The Department of Computer Science is located in Suite 320 Robinson Technology Center. The individual faculty offices are located within the suite.

COURSE RATIONALE:

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 as follows:
CSC-468:     A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K

COURSE GOALS & INTENDED OUTCOMES

    The major goals of the course are to:
  • Provide an understanding of the nature of the building blocks of designing a computing system, including datapath, pipeline, Cache, memory hierarchy.
  • Expose students to the instruction set architecture.

  • By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • Evaluate the performance of a computing system and subsystems
  • Master principles of instruction set architecture and how the subsystems interact with each other
  • Encode and decode machine/assembly instructions
  • Understand the entire procedure of executing an instruction in the datapath and pipeline.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Instructions and assembly language
  • Performance evaluation for computing system
  • Datapath
  • Pipeline
  • Cache and Memory hierarchy
  • Parallel systems (if there is time)
  • PRIMARY METHOD(S) OF INSTRUCTION / METHODS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS

    The primary method of instruction will be lectures by the instructor. Students will also participate through class and group discussions

    GRADING STANDARDS

    Attendance:  (Attend the entire class, no late coming or early leaving). Any absence must notify the instructor before the class. Get 0 point in this item if more than 5 absences

    10%

    Tests (Midterm, Final and other tests): 

    45% 

    Homework (e.g., projects, quiz, course work, and others if any) : 

    45% 

    NOTE: The homework submitted later than one week after the due date is not acceptable. The homework submitted within one week after the due date will have a 25% penalty. The quiz and course work must be submitted on class by the instructions of the instructor.

    ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STANDARDS

    The Department of Computer Science employs a no tolerance policy on cheating. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying others work, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (includes online sites), plagiarism, sharing when unauthorized, and the use of cell phones and/or electronic media when unauthorized. The following outlines the departmental procedure if a student is suspected of cheating during their academic tenure with the Computer Science Department at Norfolk State University.

  • Offense 1 – The student will receive a grade of ZERO on the assignment AND a note will be placed in the student’s permanent departmental file. Non- CS Majors will receive a ZERO and be reported to the chair of their respective department.
  • Offense 2 – The student will receive a letter grade of ‘F’ for the course AND the student will be reported to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for adjudication.
  • SCHOOL-WIDE TUTORING SERVICES STATEMENT

    The college of Science, Engineering, and Technology provides tutoring services through the STARS Tutoring Center for those NSU student who may be experiencing difficulties in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Nursing, Technology and Physics courses. The STARS office is located in Suite 100, RTC. This service is free of charge and provided to NSU students only. You can access information about this service by going to http://stars.nsu.edu.

    AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) STATEMENT

    In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we ask if you have a disability or think you have a disability, please contact O.A.S.I.S., the Office of Accessibility Services, upon registration at Norfolk State University to confidentially discuss any accommodation needs.

      Audrey M. Wells, Coordinator, O.A.S.I.S.
      Office of Accessibility Services and International Student Services
      Norfolk State University, 700 Park Ave., Student Services Center, Suite 110, Norfolk, VA. 23504
      Phone: 757-823-8325, Fax: 757-823-2640, Email: amwells@nsu.edu

    UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT STATEMENT

    As part of NSU's commitment to provide the environment and resources needed for success, students may be required to participate in a number of university-wide assessment activities. The activities may include tests, surveys, focus groups and interviews, and portfolio reviews. The primary purpose of the assessment activities is to determine the extent to which the university's programs and services maintain a high level of quality and meet the needs of students. Students will not be identified in the analysis of results. Unless indicated otherwise by the instructor, results from University assessment activities will not be computed in student grades.

    WRITING COMPETENCY ASSESSMENT

    All first-time freshmen and readmitted students entering Fall 2001 and thereafter and transfer students entering Fall 2002 and thereafter are required to take an exit examination to assess writing competency. After completing ENG 102, students must register for ENG 299 (no credit, no charge) until successfully passing the Examination of Writing Competency. Degree-seeking students at the baccalaureate level are required to take the writing examination before completing 90 semester hours. Associate degree-seeking students must take the exam no later than one semester prior to the anticipated date of graduation. For more information, refer tot he NSU Undergraduate catalog.

    UNIVERSITY WIDE & COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

      Information Technology Literacy
    • Learning foundation skills (hardware, software, and operating systems).

      Critical Thinking
    • Solving problems utilizing application software from a narrative description.
    • Knowing the appropriate software application to apply to a specific task.

      Laboratory
    • Demonstrating proficiency in utilizing software applications.
    CLASS ATTENDANCE POLICY

    A student is expected to attend all classes. The student assumes all responsibility for work missed due to an absence. Make-up work may be permitted at the discretion of the instructor. Refer to the NSU Student Handbook (https://www.nsu.edu/Assets/websites/student-affairs/student-handbook/NSU-Student-Handbook.pdf)

    NSU EMAIL ACCOUNT

    In an effort to keep student informed about Norfolk State University updates and account information, students must check their official NSU email account frequently. You may access your official NSU email account through the MyNSU portal at https://www.nsu.edu/mynsu/index. Once there, follow instructions provided to login to the MyNSU portal (NOTE: you access your NSU email from within the MyNSU portal).

    DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to revise the syllabus as appropriate and will make reasonable attempts to notify students.