The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software: An Information Technology Approach
Winter 2004
York University

Semester: Winter 2004
Course/Sect#: ITEC 1011P
Lecture Time: Tuesday 8:30am-10:30am
Location: TEL 0016
T.A. Jamil Akhtar  jamilyork AT
Instructor: Jimmy Huang
Office: TEL 2021
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00am-12:00pm
or by appointment
e-mail: jhuang AT

Welcome to the course "Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software: An Information Technology Approach" ITEC-1011 for Fall term 2003. Materials, instructions, and notices for the course will accumulate here over the semester.

April 11, 2004
ITEC-1011 3.0W Section P Final Exam Schedule
The final exam will be held on April 14th from 19:00pm to 22:00pm in CSE B (A-L) and CSE C (M-Z).

April 8, 2004
The solution for A3 can be downloaded here.

April 2, 2004
The final exam coverage is: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14 and 16 except for 16.7, 16.8 and 16.11 (second edition).
                                       Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15 except for 15.6, 15.7 and 15.10 (third edition).

March 17, 2004
Marks for assignment 2 can be downloaded here.

March 12, 2004
Your assignment 3 is available (see below).

March 10, 2004
For tomorrow's lab hours, room TEL3031 has been reserved for consultation. Our TA Jamil Akhtar will be there from 9.30am to 11.30am for answering your questions.

March 3, 2004
Marks for midterm can be downloaded here and the solution for midterm can be downloaded here. You can come to my office for picking up the midterm paper.

February 22, 2004
The solution for A2 can be downloaded here.

February 12, 2004
The midterm coverage is: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (second edition). This is a closed book exam. You are not allowed to use electronic dictionaries, calculators and cellular phones during the exam. Please bring your photo ID!

February 12, 2004
Marks for assignment 1 can be downloaded here.

February 10, 2004
Lab Section01 will start at 9:30am instead of 8:30am in the future.

February 8, 2004
Your midterm will be held on February 24 from 8:30am to 10:30am at TEL 0016.

February 8, 2004
Your assignment 2 is available (see below) and the solution for A1 can be downloaded here.

Course Description

This course introduces the basic concepts of contemporary information technologies involving computers, networks, and telecommunications, that are commonly used to handle information flows, processing, and storage in typical organizations. Both hardware and software technologies are covered. Emphasis is on the uses of components as "black boxes": their external behavioral capabilities and use, rather than their internal construction. Assignments will involve issues of comparing, choosing among, and combining information technology components to solve particular information problems.

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Computer systems and LMC
  • CPU architecture: memory, registers, addressing, busses, instruction set
  • Data representation
  • Peripheral devices, digital audio and video
  • Multi-processor systems
  • Operating systems (process, memory management, virtual storage, file systems)
  • Basic network components and topologies

Required Textbook

The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software:
           An Information Technology Approach
Second Edition.
Irv Englander
John Wiley & Sons, 2002
ISBN: 0-471-36206-3

Grading Criteria / Course Requirements

Percentage When
Midterm Exam 35% sometime in late February
Final Exam 50% sometime in April
Assignments 15% 3 assignments, due through the semester




Useful On-line Information

This page is maintained by Jimmy Huang. Last modified April 11, 2004.