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CSIS 345 Computer Organization                                                            Spring 2015 Syllabus

Classroom: CH1400

Time: 9:00am - 9:50am MWF

Textbook: Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface (2005)
Authors: David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy
ISBN: 1-55860-604-1 (ISBN-10), 978-1-55860-604-3 (ISBN-13)

Instructor: David Monismith
                    2210 Colden Hall

Office Hours: M 1:00pm - 3:00pm, W 1:00pm - 3:00pm, R 1:00pm - 3:00pm, F 10:00am - 11:00am

Teaching Assistant: Syed Mazhar Hussani
                    Help Session Location: CH3200

Help Session Hours: 6:30pm to 8:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Course Website: http://monismith.info/cs345/

Prerequisites: CSIS 242, with a grade of "C" or better and one trimester of chemistry, physics, or physical science.

Course Description: An introduction to computer systems organization with emphasis on machine language and assembler programming (Undergraduate Academic Catalog, 2014-2016, p. 352).

Course Outline:

Computational History and Paradigms
Machine Level Data Representation
Performance Evaluation and Enhancements
Assembly Language and Low-Level Machine Organization
State Machines
Digital Logic and Systems
Memory System Organization and Architecture
Interfacing and Communication
CPU Functional Organization
Multiprocessing and Other Architectures


Homework Assignments* (up to 15 @ 10 points) up to 150
Programming Projects
(1 @ 10 points, 1 @ 15 points, up to 7 at 20 points)
up to 165
Exams (2 @ 100 points, 1 final @ 100 points) 300
Total Points up to 615

*The instructor reserves the right to give a quiz in lieu of collecting homework.

Attendance Policy: Class attendance is important and roll will be taken. It is highly recommended that students attend class every day.

Late Work Policy: Homework* will be collected on the due date at the beginning of class and will not be accepted late. Projects must be submitted electronically by 11:59:59pm on the due date. Projects will be accepted up to 48 hours late at a penalty of 20%. You are expected to complete assignments in advance for known school events (e.g. athletic or club events). The instructor reserves the right to modify the late policy for students with extenuating circumstances.

Exams: As previously noted, there will be two examinations and one final. Unless announced otherwise in class, these examinations will take place on the following dates:

Exam 1: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Exam 2: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Final: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:30am-9:30am

Students absent during the day of an exam will be given the choice to count the final exam twice or to take a comprehensive make-up exam, time TBD by instructor. The final exam score will replace one regular exam score if a student has a higher score on the final than on one of the two regular exams. The instructor reserves the right to give a regular make-up exam to students having extenuating circumstances such as emergency illness.

Grading Policy:  Grades will be assigned based upon accumulated points as follows:

100% - 90% -->  A
89.99% - 80% -->  B
79.99% - 70% -->  C
69.99% - 60% -->  D
59.99% - 0% -->  F

The grade scale will not be raised; however, the instructor reserves the right to lower the grade scale without prior notice.

If you have a problem with a grade, please discuss it with the instructor.

Disabilities: Students in this course who need accommodations/modifications should present a copy of their official Northwest accommodation letter from the LAP/S Committee to the instructor as early in the term as possible. Additional information can be found at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/swd.

Academic Integrity: All assignments are to be completed individually unless otherwise designated. You may discuss the concepts of a current assignment with another person. Sharing code for a current assignment, handing in a program written by someone else, and all other obviously dishonest practices are prohibited.

Students are encouraged to come to office hours for help.

Students are expected to read and understand the CSIS Academic Integrity Policy available at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/mathcsis/pdf/AcademicIntegrityCSI.doc.

Disclaimer per http://www.nwmissouri.edu/cite/teach/syllabus.htm: The syllabus is not a contract and is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor to accommodate instructional and/or student needs. It is the sole responsibility of the student to maintain an updated course syllabus.