Information Systems Management 371 

Advanced Topics in Information Technology Architecture 

Syllabus

Updated 8/19/2008

General Information
Course Description and Objectives
Course Topics, Readings, and Assignments
Topic Outlines
Grading
Attendance and Participation Policy
Academic Dishonesty Policy
 

General Information

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Course Description and Objectives

Information systems management is an exciting, dynamic field with numerous areas and applications that can lead to a wide range of challenging and rewarding careers.

Information systems process information. In order to be processed, information must be represented in such a way that it can be manipulated by a machine - the computer.  

This course answers the question, How does a computer work?

All instructions and information on a computer are ultimately represented as a series of binary digits - 0 and 1. Therefore, the computer is a physical device that must be based on binary digital logic. From this logic, physical components (hardware) such as memory and processors are designed. These components must respond to given instructions (software).

This course examines the organization and operation of a digital electronic computer from the digital logic used to build the hardware components to the instructions used to manipulate the hardware components. The course also examines general hardware and software components, with a specific focus on the operating system functions. Specifically, this course has the following objectives:

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Course Topics, Readings, & Assignments (subject to change)

 
Session Date Topic(s)
1 Thursday, 8/21 Course overview
Information representation
Fundamental digital logic
Useful circuits in a computer system
2 Thursday, 8/28 Electronics lab - fundamental digital logic
Electronics lab - fundamental digital logic
Electronics lab - useful circuits
Electronics lab - useful circuits
3 Thursday, 9/4 Hardware components of a computer system
The execution of an instruction at the machine level
Basic processing unit
Basic processing unit
4 Thursday, 9/11 Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
5 Thursday, 9/18 Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
7 Thursday, 9/25 Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
Project - Building a microprocessor
7 Thursday, 10/2 Software components of a computer system
The operating system - a historical perspective
The operating system - multitasking
The operating system - memory management
8 Thursday, 10/9 Project presentations (current architectures)
Presentations (current operating systems)
Presentations (continued as needed)
Class summary



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Grading

Building a microprocessor project (100 points)
Architecture and operating system presentation (100 points)
Assignments, attendance, participation (100 points)

Scale
A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
100-98 97-94 93-91 90-88 87-84 83-81 80-78 77-74 73-71 70-68 67-64 63-61 <=60

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Attendance and Participation Policy

In order to maximize the benefit from this course, full attendance to and participation in all classes is necessary and therefore expected.

Attendance will be noted each class session. The attendance portion of your final grade will be determined by the percentage of classes which you attended and in which you fully participated.

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Academic Dishonesty Policy
In accordance with Doane's academic dishonesty policy which articulates the college's stance on honesty in the classroom, any act of dishonesty in pursuing the work of this course will be penalized.

First confirmed act of dishonesty

Second and subsequent confirmed acts of dishonesty will be forwarded to and handled by the Vice President for Academic Affairs in accordance with policy guidelines.

Remember, collaboration among classmates is necessary and expected as an integral part of the education process. Copying will not be tolerated!

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