Computer Architecture

Course Details

Course Number: CMPS 4453  Section Number: 101

Fall 2013

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 320

Days & Times:

TR      8:00 AM

Course Attachments

tentative agenda  AG4453-Fall13-20130827-092922.pdf


Computer Organization and Architecture, 9th ed.
Author: W. Stallings
  ISBN: 978-0-13-293633-0

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Nelson L. Passos   
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Course Objectives

A study of the organization and interconnection of components of computer system. Emphasis is given to the study of the instruction set and performance analysis of different computer architectures. Also included is the study of microprogramming, pipeline, overlap processing, superscalar, parallel and massively parallel architectures. Current trends in computer design are also discussed.

Course Expectations

Minimum grade of C in CMPS 1043 or CMPS 1044

Grading Standards


Tests and Final Exam: 20 % (each)
Assignments: 15 % 
Project: 20%
Class Participation: 5 %

Final grading letter: 90 to 100 pts = A, 80 to 89.99 pts = B, 70 to 79.99 pts = C, 60 to 69.99 pts = D, other = F

Final Exam12/12/2013  8:00 AM

Submission Format Policy

Assignments will be made as scheduled and are expected to be completed by the specified due date. Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in fundamentals math skills through homework assignments and tests.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Grades will be given to the assignments handed in on time. Late assignments will be accepted until one class past the due date, however will have their maximum grade reduced by twenty points.  Any assignment turned in after that period or not done will be graded zero points.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled. Attendance is rewarded by participation points in the grading criteria.

Other Policies

All students should refer to the current MSU Students Handbook and Activities Calendar for university policies related to class attendance, academic dishonesty, students responsibilities, rights and activities.

Disability needs: Instructor must be informed if you are a student with a disability and need accommodations for this class.

Cell phones, etc.: Use of any electronic device is not allowed in the classroom. Exceptions must be approved by the instructor.

Student drops:      If you wish to drop this course you must first contact your instructor. All students-initiated drops must be processed by October 21, 2013.

Assistance:            Please contact your instructor for extra help during this course. This includes class material clarification, expected absences from class due to any personal problem, etc.

Grades will not be posted! Grading system will be discussed in class.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.