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Introduction to Computer Architecture

Course Details

Course Number
CMPS 2084
Section Number
CMPS 2084
Semester
Spring 2018
Location
Bolin Hall
Classroom Number
320/109
Days & Times

TR      8:00 AM- BO 320

LAB:

21A: W       1:00 PM - BO 109

or

21B: W       3:00 PM - BO 109

Professor
Dr. Nelson L. Passos (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Computer Organization and Architecture,
by William Stallings (10th edition).
ISBN:
Course Objectives

Study of the functions and logical relationships of digital computer components, including the central processing unit, different levels of memory, control signals, bus systems, data channels, input/output devices, instruction set architecture and Assembly programming language. Also discussed are memory addressing techniques, data representation and more advanced topics as pipelined, superscalar, and RISC processors.

Course Expectations

Minimum grade of C in CMPS 1044

Grading Standards

Grading:

Tests and Final Exam: 20 % (each, include lecture and lab material)
Assignments: 20 % (include lecture and lab material)
Programming project 15 %
Class Participation: 5 % (reduced 1 point for every lab/class absence)

Final grading letter: 90 to 100 pts = A, 80 to 89.99 pts = B, 70 to 79.99 pts = C, 60 to 69.99 pts = D, other = F

Final Exam 05/10/2018 8:00 AM
Submission Format Policy

Assignments will be made as scheduled and are expected to be completed by the specified due date. Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in fundamental math skills through homework assignments and tests.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

Grades will be given to the assignments handed in on time. Late assignments will be accepted until one class past the due date, however will have their maximum grade reduced by twenty points.  Any assignment turned in after that period or not done will be graded zero points.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is rewarded by participation points in the grading criteria. More than 3 lab absences will imply an F in the class.

Other Policies

All students should refer to the current MSU Students Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, students responsibilities, rights and activities.

Disability needs:  Inform the instructor if you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for this class.

Cell phones, etc.: Use of any electronic device is not allowed in the classroom. Exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

Student drops:  If you wish to drop this course you must first contact your instructor. All students-initiated drops must be processed by March 26, 2018.

Attendance:     Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is rewarded by the participation points in the grading criteria. More than 3 lab absences will imply an F in the class.

Campus Carry: Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

Assignments:   Assignments will be made as scheduled and are expected to be completed by the specified due date. Grades will be given to the assignments handed in on time. Late assignments will be accepted until one class past the due date, however will have their maximum grade reduced by twenty points.  Any assignment turned in after that period or not done will be graded zero points. Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in fundamentals math skills through homework assignments and tests.

Assistance:       Please contact your instructor for extra help during this course. This includes class material clarification, expected absences from class due to any personal problem, etc.

Academic Honesty: The Department of Computer Science had adopted the following policy related to cheating (academic misconduct).  The policy will be applied to all instances of cheating on assignments and exams as determined by the instructor of the course. 

  • 1st instance of cheating in a course: The student will be assigned a non-replaceable grade of zero for the assignment, project or exam.  In addition, the student will receive a one-letter grade reduction in course.
  • 2nd instance of cheating in a course: The student will receive a grade of F in course & immediately be removed from course.

All instances of cheating will be reported to the Department Chair and, in the case of graduate students, to the Department Graduate Coordinator.

Testing Process

The Department of Computer Science has adopted the following policy related to testing:

  • All bags, purses, electronics (turned off), books, etc. will be placed in the front of the room during exams, or in an area designated by the instructor.
  • Unless otherwise announced by the instructor, nothing is allowed on the desk but pen/pencil/eraser and test papers.
  • No student is allowed to leave the room during an exam and return

RECORDING OF CLASS LECTURES: Permission must be requested in writing & obtained from the instructor before recording of class lectures. If permission is granted, the recording may only be used by the student making the recording.  Recordings may NOT be posted on any internet source without written permission of the instructor. Failure to adhere to the policy may result in removal from the course with a grade of F or other appropriate punishment.

Grades will not be posted! Grading system will be discussed in class.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at https://mwsu.edu/campus-carry/rules-policies.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at patrick.coggins@mwsu.edu.