CSC 373 Computer Systems I
This course covers the concepts underlying all computer systems and
how they affect the correctness, performance, and utility of
application programming. We will cover, in particular, machine level representation of data and programs, assembly language and debuggers, memory hierarchy, caching, linking, and the C language.
The required text for this course is:
Bryant and O'Halloran, Computer Systems: A Programmer's
Perspective, Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-034074-X.
Hoover, System Programming with C and Unix, Addison-Wesley. ISBN 0-13-606712-3.
Chapters covered in the Computer Systems text:
- Chapter 2: Representing and Manipulating Information
- Chapter 3: Machine-Level Representation of Programs
- Chapter 6: The Memory Hierarchy
- Chapter 7: Linking
The Hoover text is a reference for C and Linux. It also contains basic information on the Linux debugger: gdb. This knowledge will be needed in this class and even more in CSC374.
A link to Linux tutorials on the web is provided on the class web site and is also a useful reference.
Assessment will consist of exercises, 3 programming labs, a midterm, and a final exam. The midterm and final exam topics will be cover the topics and types of problems covered in the exercises and the practice problems from the text.
The final course grade will be based on:
The course grade is based on the total percentage:
A : 93 - 100
A-: 90 - 92
B+: 88 - 89
B : 83 - 87
B-: 80 - 82
C+: 78 - 79
C : 73 - 77
C-: 70 - 72
D : 60 - 69
F : 0 - 59
Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
Email is the primary means of communication between faculty and students enrolled in this course outside of class time. Students should be sure their email listed under "demographic information" at CampusConnect is correct.
This course will be subject to the academic integrity policy passed by faculty. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/
The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work any assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.
An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.
Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Student Center, LPC, Suite #370
Phone number: (773)325.1677