Where Business and Technology Intersect

Next start dates are: Fall Term B - October 26th.

Home / CISC 211 – Computer Organization and Architecture


Prerequisites: CISC 120

Description: The goal of the course is to teach the design and operation of a digital computer. It serves the student in two ways: First, for those who want to continue studying computer architecture, embedded systems, and other low-level aspects of computer systems, it lays the foundation of detailed implementation experience needed to make the quantitative tradeoffs in more advanced courses meaningful; and, second, for a student interested in other areas of computer science, it solidifies an intuition about why hardware is as it is and how software interacts with hardware. The subject matter covered in the course includes technology trends and their implications, performance measurement, instruction sets, computer arithmetic, design and control of a datapath, pipelining, memory hierarchies, input and output, and brief introduction to multiprocessors.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CISC 211
  • Credits: 4 credits