COMP SCI 3005 - Computer Architecture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code COMP SCI 3005 Course Computer Architecture Coordinating Unit School of Computer Science Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites One of COMP SCI 1007, COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1103, COMP SCI 1203, COMP SCI 2103, COMP SCI 2202 or COMP SCI 2202B Assumed Knowledge COMP SCI 2000 Course Description Fundamentals of computer design; quantifying cost and performance; instruction set architecture; program behaviour and measurement of instruction set use; processor datapaths 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 OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Discuss how a modern computer works 2 Explain how it supports execution of software 3 Explain how design alternatives affect performance and cost
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 - 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Required ResourcesComputer Organization & Design, RISC-V Edition, Patterson & Hennessy, MKP, ISBN 9780128122754 (print) or 9780128122761 (ebook).
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.
There will be one 2-hour lecture each week covering the specified sections of the textbook. Selected exercises from the textbook will be suggested for practice, and sample solutions will be made available for reference at the end of each week.
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.
- Lectures: 2 hours contact per week
- Exercises and homework problems: Approximately 2 to 3 hours per week
- Assignment: Approximately 2 to 3 hours per week
Learning Activities SummarySelf-directed study of the textbook for the course.
Weekly lectures and practice exercises. Homework problems. Programming assignment.
Course material and discussion forums available on-line.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable
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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes CBOK Alignment** Quizzes 10 individual summative 3,6,9,12 1. 2. 1.1 1.2 3.1 Homework 30 individual formative 3,6,9,12 2. 1.1 1.2 3.1 4.3 Practical 30 individual summative 6,12 Min 40% 3. 1.1 1.2 3.1 4.3 2hr 30 individual summative exam period Min 40% 3. 1.1 1.2 3.1 4.3 Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
**CBOK is the Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals defined by the Australian Computer Society. The alignment in the table above corresponds with the following CBOK Areas:
1. Problem Solving1.1 Abstraction1.2 Design
2. Professional Knowledge2.1 Ethics2.2 Professional expectations2.3 Teamwork concepts & issues2.4 Interpersonal communications2.5 Societal issues2.6 Understanding of ICT profession
3. Technology resources3.1 Hardware & Software3.2 Data & information3.3 Networking
4. Technology Building4.1 Programming4.2 Human factors4.3 Systems development4.4 Systems acquisition
5. ICT Management5.1 IT governance & organisational5.2 IT project management5.3 Service management5.4 Security management
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.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
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