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California State University Stanislaus

CS 3740: Computer Organization

Spring 2017

M W F 2:00 - 2:50 pm, DBH 104

Instructor: Dr. Megan Thomas


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Welcome to CS 3740, an overview of logical hardware technologies used in digital computer systems, including memory organization, bus structures, CPU pipelining and parallelism, and control unit organization.

Prerequisite: CS 2700.

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

3/30/2017 "Software Engineering Jobs Dominate List of Best Careers for 2017", IEEE Spectrum, 22 March 2017.
3/19/2017 News Article Reading Responses Three assignment:

Read the six articles in The Economist's "After Moore's Law" Technology Quarterly. The articles are entitled "Double, double, toil and trouble," "More Moore: The incredible shrinking transistor," "New designs: Taking it to another dimension," "Brain scan: Bruno Michel," "Quantum computing: Harnessing weirdness," and "What comes next: Horses for courses." If you have difficulty accessing the articles via the above links, the CSU Library has Economist articles available via e-Journal subscriptions.

For each news article, write:

  1. a 2-4 sentence summary of what the article was about,
When you have read all six articles, write
  1. one sentence about what you thought was the most interesting thing about the news articles,
  2. plus two questions you have about one or more of the articles or the topics of the articles.
Log on to the class Blackboard site, go to the "Discussion Board" and the "News Articles, Reactions" Forum. Compose a reply to my "March 19 News Reading Assignment" post and include all your summaries, etc, in that post. Your posts will be visible to the other students in the class after they have been graded.

2/24/2017 News Article Reading Responses Two assignment:

Visit IEEE Spectrum magazine's 'Embedded Systems News and Articles' web site Read three news articles selected from that web page (and only from that web page). For each news article, write:

  1. a 2-4 sentence summary of what the article was about,
  2. plus one sentence about what you thought was the most interesting thing about that news article,
  3. plus two questions you have about the article or the topic of the article.
Log on to the class Blackboard site, go to the "Discussion Board" and the "News Articles, Reactions" Forum. Compose a reply to my "Feb 27 News Reading Assignment" post and include all your summaries, etc, in that post. Your posts will be visible to the other students in the class after they have been graded.

2/11/2017 News Article Reading Responses One assignment:

Visit IEEE Spectrum magazine's 'Hardware News and Articles' web site. (IEEE, as you will recall, is a professional organization for people who work in power engineering and computing fields.) Read three news articles selected from that web page (and only from that web page). For each news article, write:

  1. a 2-4 sentence summary of what the article was about,
  2. plus one sentence about what you thought was the most interesting thing about that news article,
  3. plus two questions you have about the article or the topic of the article.
Log on to the class Blackboard site, go to the "Discussion Board" and the "News Articles, Reactions" Forum. Compose a reply to my "Feb 13 News Reading Assignment" post and include all your summaries, etc, in that post. Your posts will be visible to the other students in the class after they have been graded.

2/2/2017 Wellness Workshops for students at CSU Stanislaus -- stress management, managing time and other tricky issues, etc. Offered by CSU Stanislaus Counseling Services
1/27/2017 Welcome to CS 3740!

Homeworks:

Points
Homework 1 20
News Article Reading Responses One 5
News Article Reading Responses Two 5
Homework 2 25
Mini-Homework 1 7
News Article Reading Responses Three 5
Homework 3 25
Homework 4 25
Homework 5 25
Homework 6 12

News and Notes