COMP SCI 3005 - Computer Architecture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
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 Prerequisites One of COMP SCI 1007, COMP SCI 1009, COMP SCI 1103, COMP SCI 1203, COMP SCI 2103 or COMP SCI 2202 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 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
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2,3
Recommended ResourcesComputer Organization & Design, 5th Edition, Patterson & Hennessy, MKP, 2013
Online LearningCourse materials are online at MyUni
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere is one 2-hour lecture each week, with topics drawn from the textbook for the course. Students are encouraged to attend in person. Lectures are recorded and can be viewed via the MyUni course page.
There are five 1-hour small-group tutorial sessions throughout the semester. Tutorial questions will be made available in advance, and students are expected to engage in discussion of the questions and solutions in the tutorial sessions. Sample solutions will be made available for reference after the sessions.
There will be a practical assignment in two parts, involving programming work related to the textbook material.
Collaborative learning is supported through on-line discussion forums on the MyUni course page. 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, plus associated preparation and review
- Tutorials: 1 hour contact in each of 5 weeks, plus associated preparation and review
- Assignments: Approximately 2 to 4 hours per week
Learning Activities SummaryLectures, Tutorials ( Weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11). Assignments. Due end of weeks 6 & 13
All course material will be posted there + Discussion forums
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryThe final mark for the course will be determined from
- 2hr written exam (70% of the final mark)
- Practical assignment (15% of the final mark for each of two parts of the assignment)
Assessment Related RequirementsIn order to pass, you need to get
- At least 40% for the exam, and
- At least 40% for assignments
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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.
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