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ELEC3608: Computer Architecture (2016 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||ELEC3608: Computer Architecture (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical & Information Engineering|
Prof Leong, Philip
|Session options:||Semester 2|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Pre-Requisites:||ELEC2602. Knowledge of digital logic (logic operations, theorems and Boolean algebra, number systems, combinational logic analysis and synthesis, sequential logic, registers, counters, bus systems, state machines, design of a simple computer, and using hardware description languages such as VHDL or Verilog) is required.|
|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit of study explores the design of a computer system at the architectural and digital logic level. Topics covered include instruction sets, computer arithmetic, performance evaluation, datapath design, pipelining, memory hierarchies including caches and virtual memory, I/O devices, and bus-based I/O systems. Students will design a pipelined reduced instruction set processor.|
|Assumed Knowledge:||ELEC3607. Knowledge of microprocessor systems (embedded systems architecture, design methodology, interfacing and programming) is required.|
|T&L Activities:||Laboratory: Laboratory experiments to revise concepts and gain familiarity with design tools.
Tutorial: Reinforce concepts and provide design examples of materials covered in lectures.
Independent Study: Self study
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Students will be required to understand different computer architectures. They will be required to develop the skills needed to construct and simulate their own designs.||Design (Level 3)|
|Students will need to develop skills required to consider different design choices.||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)|
|Analytic skills for comparing design choices will be developed.||Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)|
|Students will develop skills of collecting information from different sources and critically evaluating them.||Information Seeking (Level 2)|
|Students will develop written communications skills through their tutorials and assignment.||Communication (Level 2)|
|Students will be asked to reflect on management and business issues concerning this field.
Students will tackle a design project in teams, gaining project management skills in the process.
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)|
|Students will tackle a design project in teams, gaining project management skills in the process.||Project and Team Skills (Level 2)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 3)
Tutorials: Cover basic theory for course.
Final Exam: 2 hour exam. You must get 45% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of your individual marks.
Assignment: Complete the design and implementation of an embedded system of the students` choosing, mutually agreed by the student and lecturer/tutors.
There may be statistically defensible moderation when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes.
Penalties for late submissions will be 15% per day, rounded up to the nearest whole day.
* indicates an assessment task which must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
|Link to Reading List:||http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au/record=b4970673~S4|
|Library e-Reserve:||Please check the Library e-Reserve site for additional course resources.|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Lecture: Computer abstractions and technology|
|Week 2||Lecture/Tutorial: Instruction sets|
|Week 3||Lecture/Tutorial: Computer arithmetic|
|Assessment Due: Tutorial 1|
|Week 4||Lecture/Tutorial: Computer arithmetic|
|Assessment Due: Tutorial 2|
|Week 5||Lecture/Tutorial: Processor design|
|Assessment Due: Tutorial 3|
|Week 6||Lecture/Tutorial: Processor design|
|Assessment Due: Tutorial 4|
|Week 7||Lecture/Tutorial: Processor design (pipelining)|
|Assessment Due: Tutorial 5|
|Week 8||Lecture/Tutorial: Processor design (pipelining)|
|Week 9||Lecture/Tutorial: Memory hierarchy|
|Week 10||Lecture/Tutorial: Memory hierarchy|
|Week 11||Lecture/Tutorial: Storage and I/O|
|Week 12||Storage and I/O|
|Assessment Due: Design exercise *|
|Week 13||Lecture/Tutorial: Multicores, Multiprocessors and Clusters|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||24.2%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)||Yes||27.2%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||Yes||16.6%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||16.6%|
|Communication (Level 2)||Yes||6%|
|Professional Conduct (Level 2)||Yes||0.4%|
|Project and Team Skills (Level 2)||Yes||9%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.