Computer Architecture and Organization
I. Course Prefix/Number: CSC 204
Course Name: Computer Architecture and Organization
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Understand information representation, error detection/correction schemes and digital logic.
C. Identify the basic components of computer organization and understand how they work together.
D. Learn the format of instruction sets and the operation of the instruction cycle.
E. Survey the hierarchical internal and external memory organization strategies.
F. Recognize current superscalar microprocessor and multiprocessor models in today's market.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
1. performance metrics
2. arithmetic representation
b. floating point
B. Organization of computer systems
1. bus strategies
2. internal memory and cache hierarchies
3. external memory
4. I/O channels and processors
C. CPU components
1. register organization
a. RISC strategies
2. pipeline/superscalar processors
3. instruction sets and addressing formats
D. Current architectures
1. commodity microprocessors
b. Power PC
Suggested 16 week syllabus:
Week/Chapter/Lecture Laboratory Activities
1 1-2 Introduction-Computer Evolution and Performance
2 3 Systems Buses Compiler optimizations
3 4 Internal Memory
4 5 External Memory
5 6 Input/Output Internal vs. external memory
6 Exam 1
7 Appendix A Digital Logic
8 8 Computer Arithmetic Digital logic
9 9 Instruction Sets
10 10 Instructions Sets Elementary assembler programming
11 Exam 2
12 11 CPU Structure and Function
13 12 Reduced Instruction Set Computers (RISC) CPU registers and instruction flags
14 13 Superscalar Processors
15 16 Parallel Processing Elementary multiprogramming
16 Final Exam
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.