This semester we are using an interactive, online, electronic textbook, called "Digital Design and Computer Organization and Design". This zybook combines an ebook on Digital Design (full of interactive exercises, simulators, and animations) with the classic text "Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface" by Patterson and Hennessy (which has previously been used in CS 3410).
To obtain your copy, please do the following:
The Participation Activities will comprise a large part of your Class Participation grade. You will receive instant feedback as to whether your work was correct. To receive full credit, you must complete all Participation Activities before that topic is covered in class. Some of the Challenge Activities will be used as Lab Section assignments on a week to week basis.
It is important that you develop your code in the same computing environment that we will use to test your code. We are using the CIS Undergraduate Computing Lab Servers as the standard for this course. You may either ssh into these machines remotely or download a snapshot of the machines and run them as a VM on the local machine of your choice.
ssh yourNetId@ugclinux.cs.cornell.eduinto your terminal.
Students are required to bring i>clickers to class or use REEF polling, which is now supported in this class. Participation points are awarded for questions answered during class. Your scores can be viewed on Blackboard at blackboard.cornell.edu. To sign in, just use your usual Cornell NetID and Password. (Scores are shown on Blackboard instead of CMS due to a Blackboard i>clicker integration capability, making it relatively easy to upload your student scores).
If you have never used an i>clicker before, below are the instructions for obtaining and registering one:
NOTE: Registering your clicker for one Blackboard course will automatically register your clicker for ALL Blackboard courses each semester. Please do not register i>clickers at the iclicker.com site.
If you cannot read the clicker remote ID #, please stop in to one of the locations listed below with your clicker. One of the staff can confirm your i>clicker ID #. Once it has been confirmed, please write it on a small piece of paper and place it inside the battery compartment.
|Monday - Friday||9:00am - 12:00pm||Carpenter Hall Reading Room (1st floor)|
|Monday - Friday||9:00am - 12:00pm||Uris Library Tower Room|
|Monday - Friday||9:00am - 5:00pm||Academic Technology Center, 124 Computing & Communications Center building (on the Ag Quad, next to Bailey Hall)|
If you have any other issues with your i>clicker remote, please go to the following location:
|Monday - Friday||9:00am - 5:00pm||Academic Technology Center, 123 Computing & Communications Center building (on the Ag Quad, next to Bailey Hall)|
For those of you who do not know about REEF polling and are interested, REEF polling allows you to use your phone instead of buying a separate i>clicker (but you MUST put your phone away after the polling is done!). If you are interested in using REEF polling, you can find the instructions for students and more information at this website: https://pollinghelp.cit.cornell.edu/mobile-web/.