CSCI2510 Computer Organization


Course code CSCI2510
Course title Computer Organization
Course description This course is designed to provide the basic knowledge of computer organization and assembly language programming. Functions and structures of the basic building blocks: CPU, memory unit and input/output units will be introduced. Assembly language programming is used as a tool to study the internal coding of information, number representation, arithmetic operations and the flow of information within a microcomputer.
Unit(s) 3
Course level Undergraduate
Pre-requisite  CSCI1110 or 1120 or 1130 or 1510 or 1520 or 1530 or 1540 or ENGG1110 or ESTR1002 or 1100 or 1102 or (MATH2210 and MATH2220) or PHYS2351
Exclusion  CENG2400 or ELEG3230 or ENGG2020 or ESTR2100 or ESTR2104
Semester 1
Grading basis Graded
Grade Descriptors A/A-:  EXCELLENT – exceptionally good performance and far exceeding expectation in all or most of the course learning outcomes; demonstration of superior understanding of the subject matter, the ability to analyze problems and apply extensive knowledge, and skillful use of concepts and materials to derive proper solutions.
B+/B/B-:  GOOD – good performance in all course learning outcomes and exceeding expectation in some of them; demonstration of good understanding of the subject matter and the ability to use proper concepts and materials to solve most of the problems encountered.
C+/C/C-: FAIR – adequate performance and meeting expectation in all course learning outcomes; demonstration of adequate understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
D+/D: MARGINAL – performance barely meets the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of partial understanding of the subject matter and the ability to solve simple problems.
F: FAILURE – performance does not meet the expectation in the essential course learning outcomes; demonstration of serious deficiencies and the need to retake the course.
Learning outcomes 1. Understand the principles of computer architectures including I/O, memory organization and the processor
2. Be able to write assembly language programs
3. Be able to select the best I/O scheme (polling, interrupt or DMA) for a given problem
(for reference only)
Exam: 40%
Assignments: 40%
Mid term exam: 20%
Recommended Reading List 1. Hamacher, Vranesic, Zaky, Computer Organization (5th ed.), McGraw Hill, 2002


CSCIN programme learning outcomes Course mapping
Upon completion of their studies, students will be able to:  
1. identify, formulate, and solve computer science problems (K/S); TP
2. design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs (K/S);
3. receive the broad education necessary to understand the impact of computer science solutions in a global and societal context (K/V);
4. communicate effectively (S/V);
5. succeed in research or industry related to computer science (K/S/V);
6. have solid knowledge in computer science and engineering, including programming and languages, algorithms, theory, databases, etc. (K/S); TP
7. integrate well into and contribute to the local society and the global community related to computer science (K/S/V);
8. practise high standard of professional ethics (V);
9. draw on and integrate knowledge from many related areas (K/S/V);
Remarks: K = Knowledge outcomes; S = Skills outcomes; V = Values and attitude outcomes; T = Teach; P = Practice; M = Measured