Information Technology 352

ITEC 352: Computer Organization.

Prerequisites: ITEC 122 and ITEC 220 (grades of “C” or better)

Credit Hours: (3)

Covers relationships among computer components, structures and systems, hardware features, costs, and capabilities.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

Topics include:

1.    Digital Logic
2.    Data Representation and arithmetic
3.    Instruction Set Architecture and assembly programming.
4.    Compilation, assembly, and pipelining
5.    Memory and peripherals.
6.    System software
7.    Error detection and correction.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The focus of this course is to understand low-level programming and hardware components. Students are given an opportunity to perform experiments with hardware kits.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students who complete the course will be able to:
1. Perform fixed and floating point arithmetic of positive and negative numbers represented in various standard representations such as the IEEE 754 floating point format.  
2. Develop, simplify and analyze simple digital circuits to develop the ALU and Memory (combinational and sequential circuits) using both the basic gates such as AND, OR, NOT, NAND and NOR as well as other building blocks such as Multiplexers, Decoders and Flip-flops.
3. Implement programs in assembly language. Example programs include computing arithmetic operations and simulating simple control structures such as if-else and while and for loops.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between computer languages and the machines they run on, by converting assembly code into object (machine) code by following the steps of an assembler.
5. Explain the working, analyze the pros and cons, and compute the performance of various components: multi-level caches, virtual memory, and cpu pipelines.

Assessment Measures

Graded assignments typically include at least one in-class exam and a final exam. Frequent problem sets are also assigned and graded. A hardware project may also be required.

Other Course Information

Review and Approval

October 30, 1996     New course proposal         Edward G. Okie, Chair
Sept. 25, 2001         Updated                           John P. Helm, Chair
Nov, 2003                Updated                          Joseph Chase, Chair