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ITC544 - Computer Organisation and Architecture
Session 1 2017
Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences
School of Computing and Mathematics
Internal Mode

Welcome to a new session of study at Charles Sturt University. Please refer to the University’s
Acknowledgement of Country (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/acknowledgement-of-country).

This subject outline is accessible through mobile devices from http://m.csu.edu.au.

Subject Coordinator Rajasekaran Lakshmiganthan
Email rlakshmiganthan@studygroup.com
Phone 0399357900
Campus To be advised.
Building/Room number To be advised.

Consultation procedures
Any questions concerning the teaching of this subject can be made by contacting your Subject
Lecturer.

Lecturer Name : Malka Halgmuge

Lecturer Email : mhalgamuge@studygroup.com (mailto:mhalgamuge@studygroup.com)

Email is the best option. Please send a brief message regarding the issue and include the subject name and
subject code in your email –it really helps to know which class you belong to, before I respond to your
query. If your query is urgent then meet with your respective Course Coordinator on Level-4.

Class times and location
General Timetable as below will be available at the following website before the start of 201730
semester, which can be accessed on any Mobile Phone or IPAD:

https://csutimetable.au.studygroup.com/Melbourne/

If you cannot contact your Subject Coordinator, please contact your teaching team using the contact
details and consultation procedures provided on your Interact2 subject site.

What is your subject about? A brief overview
This subject provides an understanding of the function and design of the various computer system
components necessary to process information digitally. It develops knowledge of computer hardware,
and computer organisation and architecture, and their relationship to software performance. It
develops skills in computing and analysing digital systems. Different trends in computing systems
are introduced as well.
Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, you should:

be able to demonstrate and appropriately use computer organisation and architecture
terminologies;
be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to
practical situations;

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be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and interpret complex digital
circuits;
be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and
describe how it is used to execute instructions;
be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation
including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards
and discuss how these elements function;
be able to discuss various programming tools available and their relationship to
the architecture;
be able to investigate, evaluate and communicate general trends in computing technologies
including examples of leading edge developments.

Pass Requirements
You must obtain at least 50% in both the examination and the total mark in order to pass this subject.
You must pass the exam to pass the subject.

Additionally you must obtain a mark of at least 18 out of 20 in order to pass the Plagiarism Quiz.
Failure in this quiz will automatically lead to a fail grade for the subject irrespective of the
marks obtained in all other assessments.

To be eligible for the grade AA or AE you must have submitted all assessment items in the subject,
including the final exam. If you choose not to complete an assessment item or do not sit the final exam
then you will not be granted an AA or an AE grade.

Key Subjects
Passing a key subject is one of the indicators of satisfactory academic progress through your course.
You must pass the key subjects in your course at no more than two attempts. The first time you fail a
key subject you will be 'at risk' of exclusion; if you fail a second time you will be excluded from the
course.

The Academic Progress Policy (https://policy.csu.edu.au/view.current.php?id=00250) sets out the
requirements and procedures for satisfactory academic progress, for the exclusion of students who
fail to progress satisfactorily and for the termination of enrolment for students who fail to complete in
the maximum allowed time.

Assumed knowledge
Academic integrity means acting with honesty, fairness and responsibility, and involves observing and
maintaining ethical standards in all aspects of academic work. This subject assumes that you understand
what constitutes plagiarism, cheating and collusion. If you are a new student we expect you to complete the
modules called Academic Integrity at CSU
(https://interact2.csu.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/execute/courseMain?course_id=_16412_1&task=true

Prescribed Text
Null, L., & Lobur, J. (2014). The Essentials of Computer Organization and Architecture (4th ed).
Massachusetts, USA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN: 1284045617 ISBN-13: 9781284045611

Other Resources for this subject:

Lecture notes are posted in the Resources of the subject Interact site.
Tutorials are posted in the Resources of the subject Interact site.
Online Quizzes will be available in the Test Centre of the subject Interact site.
Required software and their links are available in the subject Interact site.
Students are advised to take part in the discussions of Forum in Interact.
Additional materials will be provided by the coordinator.

Dictionaries: There are a number of dictionaries on computing in the library as well as at the
URLs below, which may help you understand some of the jargon used in information technology.

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http://www.wikipedia.org
http://www.webopedia.com
http://whatis.com
http://netdictionary.com
http://dir.yahoo.com/reference/dictionaries/subject

Newspapers, journals and magazines: There are many publications available which will provide
articles of interest to you. It is suggested that each week you read at least one such article. There
are computer/IT supplements in the prominent daily newspapers. There is a multitude of computing
magazines for sale in the local news agency and many organizations subscribe to relevant journals.

The textbooks required for each of your enrolled subjects can also be found via the Student Portal
Textbooks (http://student.csu.edu.au/study/study-essentials/textbooks) page.

Subject and Assessment Schedule
Schedule
Session Week
Topics Notes
Week Commencing

Introduction to Computers Reading: Resource is available in
the Interact
1 27/02/2017
Plagiarism Quiz Opens

Topic 1. Introduction

1.1 Overview
1.2 Computer Components Assessment item 2: PeerWise
2 06/03/2017 1.3 An Example System Part I due on 12/03/2017 11:59
1.4 Standards Organizations AEDT
1.5 Historical Development
1.6 The Computer Level Hierarchy
1.8 The Von Neumann Model

Topic 2. Data Representation

2.1 Introduction
3 13/03/2017
2.2 Positional Numbering Systems
2.3 Converting Between Bases
2.4 Signed Integer Representation

Topic 2. Data Representation (Continue)

4 20/03/2017 Recall Assessment item 2: PeerWise
2.5 Floating Point Representation Part 2 due on 26/03/2017 11:59
2.6 Character Codes AEDT

Topic 3. Digital Logic

3.1 Introduction
5 27/03/2017 3.2 Boolean Algebra
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3.3 Logic Gates
3.4 Digital Components

1 April 2017 - 16 Mid Session Break
April 2017
Topic 3. Digital Logic (Continue)
Assignment 1: Data
Representation & Digital Logic
3.5 Combinational Circuits
due on 21/04/2017 11:59 AEDT
6 17/04/2017 3.6 Sequential Circuits
3.7 Designing Circuits
Plagiarism Quiz due on 23 April
2017

Topic 4. A simple Computer

4.1 Introduction
4.2 CPU Basics and Organisation
4.3 The Bus
4.4 Clocks
9 24/04/2017
4.5 The Input/Output Subsystem
4.6 Memory Organisation &
Addressing
4.7 Interrupts
4.8 MARIE

Topic 4. A simple Computer (Continue)
4.9 Instruction Processing
4.10 A simple programming
10 01/05/2017
4.11 A discussion on Assemblers
4.12 Extending our Instruction Set
4.13 A discussion on Decoding
Topic 5. A Closer Look at Instruction Set
5.1 Introduction Assignment 2: MARIE & ISA
11 08/05/2017 5.2 Instruction Formats due on 14/05/2017 11:59 pm
5.3 Instruction Types AEST
5.4 Addressing
Topic 6. Memory
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Types of Memory
12 15/05/2017
6.3 The memory hierarchy
6.4 Cache memory
6.5 Virtual Memory
Topic 7. Input/Output and Storage
Systems
7.1 introduction
7.2 I/O and Performance
7.3 Amdahl's Law Online Quiz due on 26/05/2016
13 22/05/2017
7.4 I/O Architecture 11:59 pm AEST
7.5 Data Transmission Modes
7.6 Magnetic Disk Technology
7.7 Optical Disks
7.8 Magnetic Tape
Topic 8. System Software
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Operating Systems
14 29/05/2017
8.3 Protected Environments
8.4 Programming Tools
8.5 Java
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05/06/2017 - Exam Period
16/06/2017

Subject Content
The subject will cover the following topics:

Historical overview of computing systems.
Data representation.
Boolean algebra and digital logic design.
Basic organisation of computers.
Computer memory.
Input/output and storage systems.
Instruction set architecture.
System software.
Trends in computing technologies.

Subject Delivery
Class/tutorial times and location
If you are enrolled in an internal offering of this subject, your class times can be found at Timetable @
CSU (http://timetable.csu.edu.au). If you are enrolled in the online offering of the subject, this
timetable will not apply. Find out how to use Timetable @ CSU via the Student Portal Class Timetable
(http://student.csu.edu.au/study/study-essentials/timetable) page.

Learning, teaching and support strategies
How you are expected to engage with the subject

All of your subject materials are available in the Interact site: Resources for the students, Textbook
and learning materials, Online learning modules etc. I suggest that for each topic you read, from the
online learning modules, the learning objectives carefully, read the overview, have a quick skim of the
text and then watch the recorded lecture on the topic interactive tutorial. Once you have got a feel for
what the topic is about try and make a good set of notes under each of the topic review questions both
from the tutorials and online learning modules. You can do this by watching the tutorial and consulting
the text again in a more considered way. These questions have been designed to give you focus in the
topic, so it really helps to prepare a useful set of answers to them. I have also uploaded some videos of
the selected questions/problems. Once you feel ready you can test yourself by taking the online
quiz/activity in the topic.

In this subject there are also lots of opportunities for you to engage with me, with your peers and
with the subject. I will be holding face to face classes every week throughout the session where we
can discuss content issues and assessment items, details of times and dates will be posted on the
Interact site. As part of your assessment in this subject you are required to work ask questions and
answer questions asked by peer students. You are also expected to contribute to the discussion that is
lead by other students or the lecturer.

It is helpful to have a small task to complete early in the session, so that you have a focus in the subject
from the very first day, and so I have configured "ITC544" subject and added few example questions in
the peerwise website. Using this website, all students can interact with one another, post questions,
answer posted questions etc. You need to post minimum one question and answer one question posted by
other students, as part of your assessment. If you don’t attempt this, I may contact you by phone or email
to have a chat about study and if there are any issue that I can help with.

Further, we encourage you to become familiar with the myriad of services available through the
Learning Skills Support services. Faculty of Business staff take an active interest in student
engagement through the use of triggers to identify students who may need additional support in the

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first few weeks of study.

You should check the Interact Site on a regular basis for postings, announcements, lecture information
and other resources that will assist your studies or additional information and resources vital to your
success in the subject.
Overall, please try to follow the flowchart below. This is a guideline only, you may engage in better
ways appropriate for you.
You can also contact an adviser through Student Central on the following number:
1800 275 278 (or +61 2 6933 7507 from outside Australia).

Library Services
The CSU Library website provides access to online material and print, using Primo Search to find
online journal articles, eBooks, hardcopy books from CSU Library (see Library Manager for
Interlibrary Loan Requests), company & government reports, eJournals, dissertations, theses,
newspapers including Business & Financial newspapers in Factiva (See Business & IT Journal
Databases), and other reference resources (eg. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian standards,
online encyclopaedias & dictionaries to be read on the computer). You will also find library guides,
Subject Reserve for any readings eg. ITC100, ACC100, etc., and online assistance to help you use the
Library's resources such as Ask a Librarian – Live Chat and Ask a Librarian - Web Form.

You can find Library Services on both the SGA library online catalogue:
http://primo.unilinc.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=SGA

The SGA library online catalogue allows students to Sign In, My Account shows student’s current
library record including all books on loan, Renew your borrowed books online before the due date,
also Search and Request all books in the SGA library, even if unavailable due to high demand from
students. Students can Request books when all books are on loan to other students. When the
requested book is returned to the SGA library, the student who requested the book receives an email
immediately to pick up the book from the SGA library. View your library record online 24/7 at the
above web link for SGA library.

And also CSU Library online:
http://student.csu.edu.au/library - CSU Library Services including Primo Search & Subject Reserve
online with 24/7 access, online and video tutorials in research skills, finding journal articles for
assignments, topic analysis, download Endnote referencing program and many other online library
services to help you successfully complete your assignments for all CSU courses.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ - Powerful search engine from National Library of Australia to access many
different online resources on any subject from one search.

Contact Details for renewing loans, locating books and other information:

SGA Melbourne Library:
Marian Lees - Director, Library Services
Ph: (03) 9935 7921
Email: MLees@studygroup.com

Library Help
http://student.csu.edu.au/library/help -contacts Friendly and quick assistance is available. Ask for help
finding information and navigating the library's extensive eResources.

Online Tutorials
http://student.csu.edu.au/library/study-research/training-tutorials-videos

Learn how to:
• use Primo Search to find eReserve material and journal articles
• search journal databases and web resources for information for your assessments
• identify appropriate sources of information and peer reviewed material, and evaluate resources.

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Bookmark your Subject Library Resource Guide
Subject Library Guides are a great way to get started with research. Each online guide is tailored to
a specific area of study, including Accounting, Business & Information Technology outlining how to
research in your area and where to look for information.
http://libguides.csu.edu.au/

Academic Learning Support Assistance
Visit the learning support website for advice about assignment preparation, academic reading and
note-taking, referencing, and preparing for exams at: http://student.csu.edu.au/study

You may also contact:

Name: Monique Moloney
Email: MMoloney@studygroup.com
Phone: (03) 9935 7919

Name: Bethany Winkler
Email: BWinkler@studygroup.com
Phone: (03) 9935 7953

Name: Gail Ekici
Email: GEkici@studygroup.com
Phone: (03) 9935 7965

For appointments, please see Reception at Level 1.
Queries regarding the content of this subject should be directed to your subject lecturer.

Residential school
You are not required to attend a residential school for this subject.

Your workload in this subject
CSU Academic Senate policy states that a standard 8 point subject should require you to spend a total
of 140-160 hours engaged in the learning and teaching activities. This means an average of 10 to 12
hours each week. Obviously some weeks may require more time than other depending on how you
work – but the flowchart in the previous section may be used as a guide for your information.

Please see the "How you are expected to engage with the subject" (Under Learning, teaching and
Support strategies) section, which depicts weekly workload using a flowchart. Please remember,
you may need to work extra for few weeks when the assessment items are due.

Assessment Items
Item Title Type Value Due date* Return

number date**

1 Plagiarism Quiz Assignment Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory 23-Apr-2017 -

2 Assessment Item 2: PeerWise Assignment 10% Variable Variable

3 Assignment 1: Data Assignment 15% 21-Apr-2017 15-May-2017
Representation & Digital
Logic

4 Assignment 2: MARIE and Assignment 15% 14-May-2017 05-Jun-2017
ISA

5 Online Quiz Assignment 10% 26-May-2017 -

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Item Title Type Value Due date* Return

number date**

6 Final Exam Exam 50% To be -
Advised.

* due date is the last date for assessment items to be received at the University
* applies only to assessment items submitted by the due date

Assessment item 1
Plagiarism Quiz
Value: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Due date: 23-Apr-2017
Return date: -
Submission method options
Interact2 Test

Task

Undertake and complete the online quiz covering questions related to plagiarism and referencing.

Students may attempt the Plagiarism Quiz multiple times in order to achieve the passing score of
18 from 20. The quiz will remain open until the end of week 6. We strongly encourage all students
to complete and pass this quiz prior to submitting other assessments.

Rationale

To ensure students are aware of plagiarism and referencing standards.

Marking criteria

Students must obtain a mark of at least 18 from 20 in order to pass this quiz. Failure in this quiz will
automatically lead to a fail grade for the subject irrespective of the marks obtained in all other
assessments.

Assessment item 2
Assessment Item 2: PeerWise
Value: 10%
Due date: Variable
Return date: -
Submission method options
Alternative submission method

Task

ITC544 Assessment Item 2: PeerWise (Value: 10%)
Submission Method: Using the PeerWise website

Submission Due:

Part I: 12/03/2017 11:59 pm AEDT
Part II: 26/03/2017 11:59 pm AEDT

Task

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For this assessment item, you need to register in the PeerWise system. We will be using PeerWise as a
place for you to create, share, answer, and evaluate multiple-choice questions with your classmates.
You may start by visiting the PeerWise website at : http://peerwise.cs.auckland.ac.nz/at/?csu_au

If you have not used PeerWise before, just click the "Registration" link and follow the prompts. All
you need to do is choose a user name (students are advised to use their CSU usernames, if
possible) and a password for your PeerWise account.

If you have used PeerWise before, simply log in and then select "Join course" from the Home menu.

To access the Part I of the Assessment Item 2, "ITC544 Assessment Item 2 Part I", you will need to
enter two pieces of information:

1) Course ID = It will be provided in Interact2 - Announcement
2) Identifier = Please enter your CSU Student ID for this course

To access the Part II of the Assessment Item 2, "ITC544 Assessment Item 2 Part II", you will need to
enter two pieces of information:

1) Course ID = It will be provided in Interact2 - Announcement
2) Identifier = Please enter your CSU Student ID for this course

Please note, there are two parts in this assessment item. You need to use unique course ID for each of
them. The task for both parts are same, except the contents covered in two parts are different. Please
note the deadlines of the two parts of this assessment item:

Part I: 5 marks
Submission due: 12 March 2017, 11:59 pm AEDT
Please use Course ID - It will be provided in Interact2 - Announcement

Using PeerWise, please engage yourself in the peer learning and teaching activities with your fellow
classmates by posting multiple-choice questions on the Reading material uploaded in the Resource
Section of Interact Site (Introduction to computers) and Textbook Chapter 1: Introduction (sections
1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and 1.8). Furthermore, you need to answer questions and post comments on
questions/answers posted by the other students. You can also rate other questions and answers posted
by other students or the lecturer. This will assist you and your lecturer assess your readiness for study
in this subject. The lecturer may contact you, if you do not engage with this assessment by the due
date.

Part II: 5 marks
Submission due: 26 March 2017, 11:59 pm AEDT
Please use Course ID - It will be provided in Interact2 - Announcement

Using PeerWise, please engage yourself in the peer learning and teaching activities with your fellow
classmates by posting multiple-choice questions on Topic 2: Data representation (sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3,
2.4, 2.5, and 2.6). Furthermore, you need to answer questions and post comments on
questions/answers posted by the other students. You can also rate other questions and answers posted
by your classmates or the lecturer. This will assist you and your lecturer assess your readiness for
study in this subject. The lecturer may contact you, if you do not engage with this assessment by the
due date.

Please read the following carefully to understand how PeerWise works.

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About PeerWise

PeerWise is a web-based repository of multiple-choice questions with alternatives and explanations
written by students as part of their required coursework. Activities in PeerWise include developing new
questions, answering existing questions, and rating and providing feedback on questions.

After logging in the PeerWise system, the main menu is divided into three sections entitled: “Your
questions”, “Answered Questions” and “Unanswered questions”. The role of each of these sections is
described next.

Your questions:
This section allows a student to review all of the questions they have contributed to the system. The
questions are displayed in a table with columns listing the date the question was developed, the
number of responses, and the rating. The table can be sorted on any of these keys. A specific item can
be selected from the table, to display details such as how often each alternative was selected and any
feedback provided by students who have answered it. There is also a column in the table which
displays the perceived difficulty of the question, as rated by students who have answered it. Another
column displays whether or not the question is “suitable”, which occurs when it has a rating greater
than 2, and the most popular alternative selected is the correct alternative. If either of these
conditions is not met, it may indicate that the question is overly tricky, or contains errors.

When creating a new question, the contributor needs to provide a question stem, at least two and up
to five alternatives, an indication of which alternative is correct, and an explanation of why that is the
correct alternative. The explanation is shown to all students who answer the question, and serves to
assist students who select an incorrect alternative to identify their misunderstanding. Each new
question can be tagged with the name of any relevant course topics, which allows students using the
system for revision to easily find questions of interest. As soon as a question is contributed, it will
appear in the “Unanswered questions” section for other students in the course.

Unanswered questions:
Each question in the system is available to every student in the course. The unanswered questions are
organised into a table that can be sorted by the order they were developed, or by the number of
responses they have received, or by the rating they have been given. Once a student selects a specific
item to answer, the question stem and the alternatives for that question are displayed. The student then
selects the alternative they believe to be correct, at which point they will be shown the correct
alternative, as suggested by the author of the question, as well as a histogram of all students’ responses
to the question. The explanation provided by the author is also displayed, along with any comments
previously written by other students. In addition, a simple metric is used to approximate whether the
selected answer is actually correct. The selected alternative is deemed to be correct if it agrees with
the answer suggested by the author, and if this alternative is also the most popular amongst all
previous responses. After receiving this feedback, the student who answered the question has an
opportunity to rate it and provide open-ended feedback. The rating scale is an integer between 0 and 5,
and is expected to take into account the quality of the question, the distractors and the explanation.
The student is also able to rate the difficulty of the question as either “easy”, “medium” or “hard”.
Once a question has been answered and rated, it will always be available for review by the student in
the “Answered questions” section.

Answered questions:
All previously answered questions are available and can be reviewed at any time. As other students
provide responses, the accuracy of the correctness metric improves. The table that displays the
answered questions can be sorted by the order in which the questions were answered, by the total
number of responses to the question, or by the question rating.

A basic leader board is also available, which ranks students contributions. It was included to provide
some motivation for participation well beyond the minimum requirements for assessment. Tables on the
leader board display the top rated questions, and rank students on the number of questions they

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have answered, the popularity of the questions they have contributed, and the popularity of
any open-ended comments they have written during the rating process.

Rationale

This assessment item has been designed to increase the peer to peer interaction among students as a
way to learn and teach each other and to incorporate collaborative learning and teaching. Involving
students in the development of questions on topics puts the educational process in focus and empowers
students by providing a greater degree of control in reflection, peer assessment, and deep learning.
Discussing the construction of questions helps to demystify the assessment of learning outcomes and
provides insight into how course objectives are being measured. In addition, providing good feedback
is a critical aspect to effective learning. Moreover, commenting and evaluating other students’
questions engages students in a deeper and richer learning experience. This is also an opportunity to
self-assess your readiness to engage with this subject. In this assessment task you will be working
towards the following learning outcomes:

Be able to demonstrate and appropriately use computer organisation and architecture
terminologies;
Be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to practical
situations;
Be able to investigate, evaluate and communicate general trends in computing technologies
including examples of leading edge developments.

Marking criteria

Marks will be awarded based on PeerWise system generated reports. PeerWise generates reports on
participation summary, student scores, and student badges.

Participation summary: This shows how many questions, answers and comments are posted by all
students within a time period.

Student scores: As students participate with and contribute to PeerWise, they accumulate two
independent scores:

a Reputation score
an Answer score

The Reputation score is composed of three components. The first component is for question authoring,
the second component is for answering questions, and the third component is for rating questions they
have answered. A given student's component scores increase whenever the actions of other students
generally agree with that student’s earlier decisions. In this sense, to accumulate high component
scores, a student is encouraged to make thoughtful contributions as early as possible (which are
therefore more likely to agree with the decisions that other students make later on). The total
Reputation score is calculated using a formula that combines the component scores such that to
achieve a high total score it is much better to have good scores for each component rather than a very
high score in just one (or two) components. The lowest possible Reputation score is 1 (every student
starts with a score of 1).

The Answer score increases every time the student submits an answer that is "correct" (in the sense
that it agrees with the author's suggested answer or is the most popular answer) and it decreases each
time an incorrect answer is submitted. In general, the Answering score should be very approximately
10 times the number of correct answers that are submitted by the student.

Student badges: As students participate and contribute to PeerWise, they can earn certain badges
(Basic badges: A-H, Standard badges: I-P, and Elite badges: Q-Y). The report summarises the number
of badges that each students has earned, as well as listing the individual badges.

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As you write and explain, answer, rate and provide feedback on questions about the the Reading
material and the Textbook chapters you will be demonstrating the depth of your learning and
engagement related to computer systems terminologies, organisation and architecture, data
representation, and general trends in computing technologies. This will be reflected in the scores you
receive for each component.

The following rubric will be used to award marks for assessment item 1:

Criteria HD DI (75%-84%) CR (65%-74%) PS (50%-64%) FL (0%-49%)
(85%-100%)
Participation Students posted Students posted at Students posted Students posted Student failed to
summary more than two least two questions, at least one at least one post at least a
(20%) questions, answered at least question, and question, or question, or an
answered more two questions, and answered one answered one answer, or a
than two commented on two question, and question, or comment on any
questions, and questions/answers. commented on commented on question/answer.
also commented one one
on more than question/answer. question/answer.
two questions or
answers.
Student Total reputation Total reputation and Total reputation Total reputation Total reputation
scores and score and score and total and score and and score and scores and total
(40%) total answer answer score are in total answer total answer answer scores
score are in the the top 25% of the score are in the score are are below 25%
top 10% of the score lists. top 50% of the between of the score lists.
score lists. score lists. 25%-49% of the
score lists.
Student Students earned Students earned 3 to Students earned Students earned Students earned
badges 5 or more 4 badges in each at least 2 badges total 3 badges less than 3
(40%) badges in each badge category in each badge from any badge badges from any
badge category (basic, standard, and category (basic, categories (basic, badge categories
(basic, standard, elite. standard, and standard, and (basic, standard,
and elite). elite. elite). and elite).

Digital Logic
Value: 15%
Due date: 21-Apr-2017
Return date: 15-May-2017
Submission method options
Alternative submission method

Task

Total marks: 30

Answer the following Questions

Question 1

a) Determine the value of base x if (211) x = (6A) 16 [5 marks]

b) Convert the followings: [3+3=6 marks]

i) 0xBAD into a decimal number

ii) 588 10 into a 3-base number

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c) Given a (very) tiny computer that has a word size of 6 bits, what are the smallest negative
numbers and the largest positive numbers that this computer can represent in each of the following
representations? [3 +3 = 6 marks]

i) One's complement

ii) Two's complement

Question 2.

a) Consider the following logic diagram of a combinational circuit where A, B, and C are inputs and Q
is the output. Three 2-input AND gates and two 2-input OR gates are used in the circuit. It is possible
to reduce some of the logic gates without changing the functionality of the circuit. Such component
reduction results in higher operating speed (less delay time from input signal transition to output signal
transition), less power consumption, less cost, and greater reliability. Construct a logic diagram of a
circuit which does have the same function output with only two logic gates (instead of five). Please
show the steps. [8 marks]

b) Using basic Boolean algebra identities for Boolean variables A, B and C, prove that ABC+ ABC'
+ AB'C + A'BC = AB + AC + BC. Please show all steps and mention the identities used. [5 marks]

Rationale

This assessment task covers topic 2 and 3, and has been designed to ensure that you are engaging
with the subject content on a regular basis. More specifically it seeks to assess your ability to:

be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to
practical situations;
be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and interpret complex digital
circuits;

Marking criteria

Criteria HD
DI (75%-84%) CR (65%-74%) PS (50%-64%) FL (0%-49%)
(85%-100%)
Comprehension All calculationsAlmost all Most of the At least half of No attempt or

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of data were correct. Calculations calculations are the calculations most of the
representation Appropriate were correct correct. However, were correct. calculations
and application mathematical except a minor few steps were Some incorrect were incorrect.
of computer symbols were error. omitted. The answers were Failed to show
math used, and all method used to the result of the steps of
calculations steps/workings solved the problem errors at some calculation.
were shown. were correct, but stage of the Either the
there were one or calculation, answers were
two which incorrect or the
miscalculations. propagated with steps were
the next steps. wrong..
Some of the
steps showed
the basic
understanding
the numbering
system.
Application of The Boolean Boolean Few minor error in More than half The Boolean
Boolean expressions are expressions and applying the of the Boolean equation, logic
algebra and correct and algebraic Boolean identities. expressions diagram and the
digital logic minimised. All calculations Could reduce the were correct. truth tables were
and steps are were correct, number of logic Applied incorrect and
interpretation explained. however few gates, but not as Boolean they do not
of complex Correctly steps were not much required by identities but conform to the
circuits mentioned the shown or only the question. could not reach question.
Boolean minor error. to the final step.
identities.
All identities
were mentioned
accurately.

formats. Please upload the document in the Turnitin within deadline.

2. The first page (cover page) of the document file should have the following information
clearly mentioned:

a. Your full name
b. Your Student ID
c. Subject Code (ITC544)
d. Assessment item number and name (Assignment 1: Data Representation and Digital Logic)

3. Each page should have page numbers in “page x of y” format (including the cover page).

4. You DO NOT need to provide any references for any of the questions.

Assessment item 4
Assignment 2: MARIE and ISA
Value: 15%
Due date: 14-May-2017
Return date: 05-Jun-2017
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Alternative submission method

Task

1. (a) The Fibonacci numbers are the numbers in the following integer sequence, called the Fibonacci
sequence, and are characterised by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two

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preceding ones: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 114, … etc.

By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each
subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. We define Fib(0)=0, Fib(1)=1, Fib(2)=1,
Fib(3)=2, Fib(4)=3, etc. The first 22 Fibonacci numbers given below:

Fib(0) Fib(1) Fib(2) Fib(3) Fib(4) Fib(5) Fib(6) Fib(7) Fib(8) Fib(9) Fib(10)
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55

Fib(11) Fib(12) Fib(13) Fib(14) Fib(15) Fib(16) Fib(17) Fib(18) Fib(19) Fib(20) Fib(21)
89 144 233 377 610 987 1597 2584 4181 6765 10946

Write a MARIE program to calculate Fib(n), where the user inputs n. For example, if the user inputs
7, the program outputs the value 13; if the user inputs 15, the program outputs the value 610; if the
user inputs 20, the program outputs the value 6765 etc. You need to write and run the program using
MARIE simulator. Please include appropriate comments to make your code readable.[10 marks]

(b) For some values of n, your program will not produce correct results. You can check this by gradually
increasing the values of n and checking for the correct outputs. What is the maximum value of n for which
your program produces a correct result? Why? Please comment on this [5 marks].

2. You are designing an instruction set for your computer. All the instructions are of same size (11 bits
long). The size of an address field is 4 bits. You have already designed 5 2-address instructions and 45
1-address instructions. How many 0-address instructions still you can fit? Justify your answer. [7
marks]

3. Write codes to implement the expression: A= (B + C * D – E) on 3-, 2-, 1- and 0-address
machines. In accordance with programming language practice, computing the expression should
not change the values of its operands. [8 marks]
Rationale

This assessment task covers topics on CPU operation and Instruction Set Architecture, and has been
designed to ensure that you are engaging with the subject content on a regular basis. More
specifically it seeks to assess your ability to:

be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and
describe how it is used to execute instructions;
be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation
including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards
and discuss how these elements function;

Marking criteria
Criteria HD
DI (75%-84%) CR (65%-74%) PS (50%-64%) FL (0%-49%)
(85%-100%)
Simulating and The code meets Code meets Code meets Code meets Code does not
investigating of the specification specification. specification meet the
internal specification. and is well Most of the time but has errors in specification
operations of Code is well documented produces correct operation. Little
CPU and it's documented with comments. results, however commenting.
instruction with comments. Minor errors in does not produce Basic idea is
execution The program exlapnations. correct results for
produces correct special inputs.

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outputs in every Little expressed by
input situations. documentation the codes and
and comments. explnations.
Comprehension Answers are All answers are Few minor errors The final result No attempt or
of internal corrects. All correct with a in calculating the is not correct, incorrect
elements of steps are minor error. All address spaces. however the calculations
computer correctly codes are The steps show calculations showing no or
organisation shown. correct except a the clear show the basic minimum
All codes are minor error. understanding of understanding understanding of
accurately the address space of the the topic.
written. caiculation. instruction set Codes do not
All codes written architecture. meet the
correctly however More than half specification.
the order were not of the codes are
maintained correct.
corretly.

Presentation
1. Please compose the answers in a document file (doc or docx format). Please do not submit in
pdf formats. Please upload the document in the Turnitin within deadline.

2. The first page (cover page) of the document file should have the following information
clearly mentioned:

a. Your full name
b. Your Student ID
c. Subject Code (ITC544)
d. Assessment item number and name (Assignment 2: MARIE & ISA)

3. Each page should have page numbers in “page x of y” format (including the cover page).

4. You DO NOT need to provide any references for any of the questions.
Assessment item 5
Online Quiz
Value: 10%
Due date: 26-May-2017
Return date: -
Length: 20 minutes
Submission method options
Interact2 Test

Task

The onlnie quiz will be on all topics of the subject. The online quiz will be activated on 26 May 2017
and will be closed on 5 June 2017. You may attempt the online quiz as many times you wish, and the
highest score will be taken. Each time you will have 20 multiple choice questions (randomly selected
by the system from a large question pool), and you will receive 20 minutes to finish it. Attempting
online quiz many times will help you to prepare for the final exam too, as you will have similar type of
multiple choice questions in the exam.

Rationale

This assessment task covers all topics, and has been designed to ensure that you are engaging with the
subject content on a regular basis. More specifically it seeks to assess your ability to:

be able to understand and appropriately use computer organisation and architecture

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terminologies;
be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to
practical situations;
be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and interpret complex digital
circuits;
be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and
describe how it is used to execute instructions;
be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation
including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards
and discuss how these elements function;
be able to discuss various programming tools available and their relationship to
the architecture;
be able to investigate, evaluate and communicate general trends in computing technologies
including examples of leading edge developments.

Marking criteria

The Online Quiz will be marked by the Interact2 test centre system and you will receive feedback
after the due date. Marks will be awarded based on your ability to select the best option from the
available choices to demonstrate your ability to use computer system terminologies, and identify the
essential elements of computer organisation and how they function, various input/output systems of a
computer, the various programming tools available and their relationship to the computer architecture,
and the application of Boolean algebra and digital logic to the understanding of computer operation.
Student will get marks according to the following scales:

HD - At least 85% answers were correct
DI - At least 75% answers were correct
CR - At least 65% answers were correct
PS - At least 50% answers were correct
FL- Less than 50% answers were correct

Assessment item 6
Final Exam
Value: 50%
Date: To be advised
Duration: 2 hours
Submission method options
N/A - submission not required/applicable

Rationale

The final exam will assess students’ understanding of the fundamental concepts of the subject
material; their ability to integrate and apply information from various topics; and to apply their
understanding and knowledge to simple scenario problems. Specifically the exam will assess
students' progress towards meeting the learning outcomes:

be able to demonstrate and appropriately use computer organisation and architecture
terminologies;
be able to apply an understanding of data representations and calculations to
practical situations;
be able to apply Boolean algebra and digital logic to design and interpret complex digital
circuits;

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be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and
describe how it is used to execute instructions;
be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation
including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards
and discuss how these elements function;
be able to discuss various programming tools available and their relationship to
the architecture;
be able to investigate, evaluate and communicate general trends in computing technologies
including examples of leading edge development.

Requirements

This is a closed book exam.
NO calculators are allowed in this exam.
The final exam will cover all the subject material.
The Final examination consists of two parts, Part A: multiple choice questions (MCQs), and
Part B: short answer questions.
Part A consists of 25 MCQs. Students are required to answer all of them.
Part B consists of four(4) questions. Students are required to answer maximum three (3)
of them.
Each question of part B will be a combination of a number of short questions selected
from different topics. Please see the sample exam question posted in the Interact site.
Total marks: 100 marks, Time: 2 hours writing time, 10 minutes reading time. (writing is
permitted during the reading time.)

Marking criteria
Criteria HD DI CR PS FL
The exam assesses Demonstrated Demonstrated Demonstrated Demonstrated Listed some
the student’s ability comprehensive knowledge to knowledge to partially-developed facts and little
to: knowledge to recall mostly recall some knowledge to reasons.
Demonstrate consistently accurate facts accurate facts recall a few Stated some
theoretical and recall accurate and apply the and apply some accurate facts and identifications
practical knowledge facts and apply majority of the of the relevant apply some of and
Analyse and the relevant relevant ones ones correctly them correctly in implications
interpret ones correctly correctly in in context. contexts. Analysed by giving
communication in context. context. Analysed and and (for a few part) simple
protocols and Analysed and Analysed and accurately (for interpreted the observation
information to accurately accurately some parts) communication and or reason
justify case interpreted interpreted the interpreted the data and that may or
presented and communication communication communication information. may not relate
Provide a clear and data and data and data and Explained and to the given
logical information in information in information. justified at least context.
solution/explanation detail. detail. Explained and half of the
to the Succinctly Explained and justified most statements but in
problem/solution explained and justified all of the many cased used
justified all statements. statements by irrelevant or
statements, Providing (for relating to incorrect facts.
providing a the most part) a aspects of the
clear and clear and given context.
logical solution. logical solution.
Possible Marks 85-100 75-84 65-74 50-64 Less than 50
the student

2B Pencil, Eraser, ruler
Writing implements

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Assessment Information
Learning materials
Details of learning materials that support your success in this subject can be found in the
Interact2 Subject Site.

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Extensions
In order to ensure that students who hand their assignments in on time are not disadvantaged, and to
enable the lecturer to comply with the requirement to return assignments to the class within 21
days, the following rules about extensions will be strictly enforced:

1. Extensions cannot be granted for online tests, as these have to be done within a specific time
frame, after which the answers are released to the class automatically.

2. Computer problems and normal work-related pressures and family commitments do not
constitute sufficient reasons for the granting of extensions.

3. If it becomes obvious that you are not going to be able to submit an assignment on time
because of an unavoidable problem, you must submit your request for an extension to the
Subject Coordinator in writing (email or post) prior to the due date.

Requests for extensions will not be granted on or after the due date so you must make sure
that any extension is requested prior to the day on which the assignment is due.

You are expected to do all you can to meet assignment deadlines. Work and family related
pressures do not normally constitute sufficient reasons for the granting of extensions or
incomplete grades.

4. If you apply for an extension, you may be asked to email your lecturer on what you
have done so far on the assignment.

5. You must be able to provide documentary evidence (such as a certificate from a doctor or
counsellor) justifying the need for an extension as soon as practicable - but please note that if
the circumstances giving rise to the request for an extension arise on a day when you cannot
get documentary evidence, you must still apply for the extension before the due date and
submit the documentary evidence afterwards.

6. Given the tight deadlines involved in returning assignments to students and putting feedback

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on Interact, the maximum extension granted generally will be seven (7) days from the
due date.

7. Assignments received more than 10 days after the due date or extension date will not be
marked unless the staff member decides otherwise. Items received late will be penalised at
10% of the mark available for the assessment item per day it is late (see below).

8. Note that for purposes of measuring lateness, the 'day' begins just after 00.00 hrs AEST - so
an assignment received after midnight of the due date will be penalised 10% for lateness.
This rule will be applied to all students uniformly.

Penalties for Late Submission
The penalty for late submission of an assessment task (without obtaining the Subject
Coordinator's approval for an extension) will be:

10% deduction per day, including weekends, of the maximum marks allocated for the assessment
task, i.e. 1 day late 10% deduction, or 2 days late 20% deduction.

An example of the calculation would be:

Maximum marks allocated = 20
Penalty for one day late = 2 marks (so, a score of 18/20 becomes 16/20 and a score of 12/20
becomes 10/20).

If an assignment is due on a Friday but is not submitted until the following Tuesday, then the penalty
will be four days (40% deduction or 8 marks in the example above).

Submissions more than 10 days late will be acknowledged as received but will not be marked.

Resubmission
Under normal circumstances resubmission of assessment items will not be accepted for any of
the assessments required in this subject.

Online Submission
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in the Turnitin (If you do not receive any email from Turnitin).

Assessments such as Blogs, Quizzes and Journals are required to submit in the Interact2.

TurnItIn does not accept Excel files and PDF files.

Assignment/s must be submitted through Turnitin by midnight (AEST) according to the date
mentioned in the subject outline.

Postal Submission
Under normal circumstances postal submissions will not be accepted for any of the
assessments required.

Hand Delivered Submission
Under normal circumstances hand delivered submissions will not be accepted for any of the
assessments required.

Feedback
Feedback for assessment items will be provided by subject lecturer/s.

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Assignment Return
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but have not returned by the return date, you should make enquiries in the first instance to the
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We strongly encourage you to complete your online Subject Experience Surveys. You will be
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Data about your activity in the Interact2 site and other learning technologies for this subject will be
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