ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
School of Computer Science
Introduction to Computer SystemsThis page gives a brief description of the administrative arrangements for COMP2300 and COMP6300 in 2011. Most of the information about this course will be available via the course web page:
Course StaffThe course lecturer is Dr Eric McCreath. His office is CSIT N227 and email address is email@example.com.
Eric's weekly schedule is below. I plan to be in my office the hour before the lectures to answer student questions. Also feel free to talk to me at other times.
TextbooksThe Specification of the rPeANUt Computer, is absolutely necessary for the rPeANUt module, and it is assumed that all students have access to a copy. The print out of it will be handed out in the week 1 lectures. Also it is available for down load via the web.
Additionally, you will find a book on the C programming language and one on computer architecture to be extremely valuable, as in the laboratories, assignments and examination it will be expected that you are familiar with material beyond that which is presented in the lecture slides. Some reading is essential in order to gain a good level of understanding of computer systems. The course assessment will be designed in order to test your understanding. The choice of textbooks will be discussed in the first lecture. You will also find a book on C very useful for your future professional life.
LecturesThe lectures in 2011 are scheduled according to the following timetable:
Tutorial/Laboratory LaboratoriesThere will be 9 supervised combined tutorial/laboratory sessions, each of 2 hours duration. At this stage these labs are scheduled for weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11.
For the tutorial part of the session, handouts will be provided. You will need to bring these to your session as, in ‘tutorial mode’, you may be gathered around the whiteboard and will need a hardcopy. Please also bring something to write on.
The handout for each session may include Preparation Exercises, which contains simple ex- ercises you will be expected to complete before the session and hand in to your tutor at the beginning. The rPeANUt manual should be brought to all rPeANUt-related sessions.
To register for a session, go to http://cs.anu.edu.au/streams.
AssignmentsThere will be three assignments in 2011.
From the date that your assignment marks are released electronically, you have a period of two weeks in which to question your mark. After this period your mark will be final. Release of assignment marks will be announced on the course Announcement Forum.
Students in COMP6300 are expected to complete optional parts of assignments and labs/tutorials.
AssessmentThe proposed assessment for COMP2300/6300 in 2011 will be in four parts:
Students must get a minimum final overall mark of at least 50% to pass the subject. Final marks are moderated by a School of Computer Science examiners meeting. Supplementary exams will be awarded to those students with an overall course mark of between 45 and 49.
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Quality and integrity are expected from all students. Students should also expect this from the lecturing/tutorial staff. Please read over the ANU's policy on this matter: http://academichonesty.anu.edu.au/