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Computer Architecture — CPTR 308Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 – 11:50 AMInstructor : Raheel AhmadContactScience 116 | [email protected] | 982-5314Office hoursTues: 9:00 - 12:00 am; Thu: 10:00 - 12:00 amFeel free to drop in at any time if I am in office. Otherwise, send me an email so we can setup anappointment.TextbookComputer Organization and Design, 3rd edition, by David Patterson and John Hennessy (MorganKaufmann; ISBN 0123706068)Companion websiteSupplemental reading material will be provided as the class progressesCourse description and objectivesThe speed of development in the field of computer system design has been absolutely breakneck andwithout a parallel. This course will cover the core, foundational elements of the organization and architectureof a digital computer system including instruction sets, pipelining, memory systems, data paths,input/output, and multi-processors. As we cover these elements, performance in general will be a focus,along with gaining a historical perspective. We will also critically evaulate the design decisions and tradeoffsthat are common in this field. The course will also cover the basics of digital logic.The course will be somewhat more intense as compared to others, but by the end you will have a solid,foundational, and in-depth answer to the questions, “What is a computer? How does it work? How can it workbetter? What is the future of this field?”Courework and evaluationCourse evaluation will consist of homework assignments, (announced or unannounced) quizes, midtermexams, and a final exam. Follow the due dates for each assignment submission strictly. Homework should behanded in at the beginning of the class. Any assignment that is submitted later than that will incur a 50%penalty. Missing an assignment submission, quiz, or exam will result in a zero score unless there is aprovable extenuating circumstance.Academic dishonesty and plagiarismYour success in this course (and in general) depends greatly upon your integrity. Any activity thatcompromises your academic honesty will not be tolerated. Cheating and plagiarism will result in yourautomatically failing the class. Cheating is deliberate by definition. Plagiarism may not be deliberate but itwill lead to a serious penalty regardless. Therefore, a simple guideline to follow is: when quoting anothersource, acknowledge it fully by citing it in the text somewhere. If you are in any doubt, please discuss withme before making a final submission. Please read the MC Source Handboook for more information onacademic dishonesty.Grading policyCoursework weightageAssignments 25%Quizes 15%Midterm Examination 30%Final Examination 30%The grading scaleA : 93%A- : 90%B+ : 87%B : 83%B- : 80%C+ : 77%C : 73%C- : 70%D+ : 67%D : 63%D- : 60%Disability StatementManchester College, in compliance with federal guidelines, is committed to assuring students withdisabilities equal access to programs and activities that are provided to students without disabilities.Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contactBonnie O’Connell, the director of services for students with disabilities, to establish eligibility and tocoordinate reasonable accommodations. It is the student’s responsibility to self-disclose their disability.Students whose accommodation requests are approved will be provided with confidential letters to deliver totheir professors which verify the nature of the student’s disability and documents the need for auxiliary aidsand services and/or academic adjustments/accommodations. Students are encouraged to meet with eachprofessor early in the semester to discuss the academic implications of the disability as they relate to thespecific course and to request appropriate accommodation. The Disabilities Office is located in the SuccessCenter (second floor of the Union) telephone 982.5076 to schedule an


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