ET-585: Computer Architecture

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-585 Computer Architecture

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): ET-575 or ET-574

Co-requisites (if any): None

Course Description in college catalog:

The course covers the basic principles of computer organization, operation and performance. It also deals with embedded systems, peripheral devices, memory management, and processor family evolution patterns.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Computer Science and Information Security

A.A.S. Internet and Information Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
To understand the structure and operation of modern computer systems

Students should:

Understand and identify the components, and their interaction, in a typical modern day processor.

Describe the components of computer systems and their inter-relationships

To understand how high level language constructs, such as C, are implemented in a machine assembly language

Students should:

Understand and write assembly language programs.

Understand how compiler generates machine code for simple C programs

Understand basic hardware concepts (digital circuits -- gates, number representation, combinational and sequential circuits)

Students will:

Explain and use different numbering systems, data representations, and arithmetic and logical operations

Implement different computer instruction sets

Program-specific outcomes

A: Demonstrate proficiency in factual knowledge and conceptual understanding required for transfer to the junior year in computer science, information technology or a related discipline. 

B: Engineering Competence: Graduates will be competent technicians with problem solving and design skills, and have the ability to apply mathematics, science and modern engineering software to solve computer science and computer engineering technology problems.

C: Demonstrate an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  • One midterm examination
  • One final cumulative examination
  • Quizzes
  • Homework assignments

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Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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