Course Description

Computer Architecture is the study of the design of the computer. Computer hardware and software will be explored to create a foundation for future computer courses. Students will disassemble and assemble a PC, install peripheral devices, install operating system, attach multiple machines to form a network, and write a basic computer program. In addition, students will evaluate the cost effectiveness of technology, security of computing resources including data/information, and the impact of technology on society.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:


The following grading scale will be used in assessing student performance:

100% - 90% A
89% - 80% B
79% - 70% C
69% - 60% D
Below 60% F

Approximant impact of assessments upon grades:
   Exams (knowledge and skills based tests/quizzes) approximately 50%
   Lab Activities ( skills based assessment) approximately 50%

Vocabulary is important in this course. Students are expected to maintain their own vocabulary definitions and study for weekly vocabulary quizzes. Current vocabulary is posted in classroom and on Google Classroom. Definitions are given in class, mostly verbally, as the term is covered. A complete list of definitions is not posted.

Due Dates

All work is due on assigned date. Late work is not accepted for a grade. Assigned dates are visible in Google Classroom where all work assignments are announced and turned-in. All make-up work from an excused absence is the responsibility of the student. It is the student’s responsibility to talk to instructor and arrange make-up of work. It is the responsibility of student to initiate this conversation. Students are allowed two school days to make up work on the missed day of absence and one additional day for each successive day missed thereafter.

Academic dishonesty results in a loss of credit for the student(s) involved. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, giving or receiving answers to assignments, sharing of completed work, and cheating on exams.

Code of Conduct

Text and Supplies

Syllabus Agreement

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