ELEC ENG 7088 - Computer Architecture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code ELEC ENG 7088 Course Computer Architecture Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 6 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible COMP SCI 7026 Course Description This course covers the fundamental aspects of computer design. It is suitable for anyone who wants to learn how computers function in-depth and understand the trade-offs inherent in the design of computer systems. Topics covered include: 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. A variety of assessments will be undertaken during the course, including extensive use of programming assignments.
Course Coordinator: Dr Hong Gunn ChewCourse coordinator: Dr Hong Gunn Chew
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. Describe the principles and characteristics of a modern computer.
2. Explain how computers execute software
3. Elaborate on the effects of design decisions on computer performance and cost
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 3.2
University Graduate Attributes
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Required ResourcesComputer Organization & Design, RISC-V Edition, Patterson & Hennessy, MKP, ISBN 9780128122754 (print) or 9780128122761 (ebook).
Online LearningCourse materials are online through the MyUni website.
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 through the MyUni website. 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.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.
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
- Short on-line quizzes (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.
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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