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ENGR 270
Computer Organization & Microprocessors

Course Number & Title:
ENGR 270, "Computer Organization & Microprocessors" , 5 Credits
"4 hours of lecture and 3 hours of lab (Open Lab Schedule)"


Text Books (Required):
Computer Organization and Microprocessors by Khormaee Link to pdf

Text Books (Optional):
Microcontroller PIC18F1220/1320 Data Sheet by Microchip Link to pdf
The C Programming Language by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Ritchie (optional)
Computer Architecture by Henessy & Patterson (optional)

Additional Resources:
Canvas Learning Management System
USB thumb drive

ENGR 250

Second course in a sequence of digital & microprocessor courses. Covers application of synchronous / asynchronous state machine, HDL Chip Design, scan test; microprocessor system architecture, instruction sets, interfacing, assembly language.

Course Outcomes Assessments Program Outcomes
1. Understanding of computer organization and architecture Homework, Test AST2- B
2. Application of instruction sets and interfacing Homework, Test, Labs AST2- B & C
3. Use of Assembly language Homework, Test, Labs AST2-A , B & C
4. Ability to show equivalency between C, Assemly and Machine languages Homework, Test AST2- B
5. Demonstrated ability to design and analyze digital and computer systems Homework, Test, Labs AST2-A , B & C
6. Ability to design performance bench marks and analyze the results Homework, Test AST2- B & C


  Lecture Topics   Assignments/Evaluations
  Ch 1. Introductions
  • Computer Organization Overview
  • Processor Design Technologies
  • Computing System Categories
  • Historical Perspective and Trends
  • What's next…
  Ch 2. Assemly Instructions and Programming
  • Instruction Structure & Execution
  • Byte-oriented Instructions
  • Bit-oriented Instructions
  • Literal-oriented Instructions
  • Control Instructions
  • Memory Block Operations
  • Memory Layout & Definitions
  Ch 3. Input/Output Organizations
  • Pinout and Packaging
  • Accessing I/O Devices
  • Development Environment
  • Software Development Process
  Ch 4. Program Flow, Event Handling and Control
  • Overview
  • Program Flow Control
  • Queues and Stacks
  • Procedures Call & Return
  • Interrupt, Timer and Exception Handling
  • Analog-to-Digital Converter
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
  Ch 5. Arithmetic & Logic Operations
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Move, Set and Clear Operations
  • Logical Operations
  • Branch Operations
  • Specialty Operations
  • IEEE Standards for Floating Point
  Ch 6. C/Assembly/Machine Language Equivalencies
  • Introduction
  • Data Types
  • Functions and Procedures
  • Storage (Variable) Classes
  • Storage Management
  Ch 7. Performance
  • CPU Performance and Relating Factors
  • Evaluating Performance
  • Two SPEC Benchmarks and the Performance of Intel Processors

  • End of Ch 7 Problems
  • Chapter Quiz
  Ch 8. Memory & Storage Hierarchy
  • Memory & Storage Overview
  • Cache Memory
  • Primary Memory
  • Secondary Storage
  • Virtual Memory

  • End of Ch 8 Problems
  • Chapter Quiz
  Ch 9. Concurrancy in Computing
  • Pipelining
  • Multi-Processing
  • Multi-core Processors
  • Multi-processor Systems

  • End of Ch 9 Problems
  • Chapter Quiz
  Ch 10. Networking
  • Networking Overview & OSI Layers
  • Media Layers (Physical, Data/Link & Network
  • Host Layers (Trasnsport, Session, Presentation & Application)

  • End of Ch 10 Problems
  • Chapter Quiz
  Comprehensive Final Exam - for schedule visit:

  • Homework (10 points each)
    One problem from each chapter (unsolved problems) will be collected and graded.
  • Quizzes (10 points each)
    In-class quiz after each chapter.
  • Midterm test (100 points)
  • Comprehensive final exam (150 points)
  • Labs Planning, Execution and Reports (20 points each lab)
    Each student is expected to complete the weekly lab assignments during lab time. Even though some labs may be performed as a group, the report must be completed individually, and due on the following lab period.
    Note: In order to be eligible to receive a passing grade for the course, all labs must be completed and turned in prior to final exam date.
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