COMP SCI 7026 - Computer Architecture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 7026 Course Computer Architecture Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 7081 & one of COMP SCI 7082 or COMP SCI 7201 Restrictions Master of Computing and Innovation, Graduate Diploma in Computer Science and Graduate Certificate in Computer Science students only. Course Description Fundamentals of computer design; quantifying cost and performance; instruction set architecture; program behaviour and measurement of instruction set use; processor data paths and control; pipelining, handling pipeline hazards; memory hierarchies and performance; I/O devices, controllers and drivers; I/O and system performance.
Course Coordinator: Peter Ashenden
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesTo develop an understanding of
- How a modern computer works
- How it supports execution of software
- How design alternatives affect performance and cost
University Graduate Attributes
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Required ResourcesComputer Organization & Design, RISC-V Edition, Patterson & Hennessy, MKP, forthcoming. Arrangements will be made for students enrolled in the course to access a pre-publication version of this textbook.
Online LearningCourse materials are online at the School of Computer Science's Moodle web site.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents are expected to engage in self-directed learning from the textbook for the course and related resources. Guidance will be provided, specifying sections of the textbook to be studied in each week of the semester. In addition, pre-recorded lectures covering the material are available.
There will be one 2-hour problem solving workshop each week, with problems based on the specified sections of the textbook. Students are encouraged to attend. Sample solutions will be made available for reference after each workshops.
Homework problems based on the specified sections of the textbook will be set throughout the semester. Students will be required to submit solutions for assessment.
There will be a practical assignment involving programming work related to the textbook material.
Collaborative learning is supported through on-line discussion forums on the School of Computer Science's Moodle web site. Teaching staff will participate in the discussion forums.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
- Workshops: 2 hours contact per week, plus associated preparation and review
- Homework problems: Approximately 2 hours per week
- Assignment: Approximately 2 to 3 hours per week
Learning Activities SummarySelf-directed study of the textbook for the course.
Weekly problem solving workshops. Homework problems. Programming assignment.
Course material and discussion forums available on the School of Computer Science's Moodle web site (forums.cs.adelaide.edu.au).
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe final mark for the course will be determined from
- Quizzes during problem-solving workshops (10%)
- Homework problems (30%)
- Practical assignment (30%)
- 2hr written exam (30%)
Assessment Related RequirementsIn order to pass, you need to get at least 40% in each of the following assessment components:
- practical assignment
- written exam
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
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Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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