Section 1
Fall 2013


CIS510 IS/IT Architectures (4)

Prerequisite: Procedural language programming experience or permission of instructor.

Fall 2013


Time:Mondays 6:10pm-10:00pm

Location: Salazar Hall, Room C261


Song Xing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Office: Simpson Tower, Room 605
Phone: (323)343-2917

Office hours: Monday & Wednesday 3:20pm-6:00pm. Send the Instructor email for an appointment for other times. 

Objectives:  This course will provide the students with a detailed understanding of the inner workings of modern computing systems. Analysis of digital data, information system architectures and networks, the personal system hardware and operating systems will be introduced.


  • Stephen D. Burd, Systems Architecture, Sixth Edition, Cengage Learning, 2010, ISBN 0538475331. (optional)
  • Irv Englander, The Architecture of Computer Hardware and System Software: An Information Technology Approach, 5th Edition, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2014. (optional)


1. Computing System Architecture

2. Numbering Systems

3. Digital Data Processing

4. Multimedia Data Creation and Formats

5. Representing Numerical Data

6. CPU Features and Enhancements

7. Data Storage Technology and Memory Enhancements

8. System Integration and Performance

9. Input/Output

10. Improve System Performance

11. Network and Data Communications

12. The Internal Operating System


There will be regular homework assignments, a mid-term exam, and a final exam, and a research project. A final grade will be determined using the following weights:

  • Homework 8%, Mid-term Exam 35%, Final Exam 40%, Research Project 15%, Class participation and attendance 2%.


Homework assignments must be done individually. Failure to do so will result in a violation of the Academic Honor Code. The following cases will be considered as violations: identical answers and extremely similar answers.

The extension of the homework due day is possible and will be announced in the class. People who submit the homework on time will earn extra credits if there is an extension. However, any submission will not be accepted after the homework sloutions are posted online.

Research Project:

A single research project will be required of students. The project requires investigation of technologies in system, software, and network communications. The requirements for this assignment are fully described in a separate document on the Project page of the course web site.


The tentative date for the mid-term is Oct 28, Monday, 6:10pm-8:10pm. The final exam is scheduled for Dec 9, Monday, 7:30pm-10:00pm.

Make-up exams will be given only in unusual circumstances beyond the student's control. Arrangements for make-up exams must be made in advance.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is mandatory. Send the instructor ( email in advance if you have to miss a class due to emergency or sickness.

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