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Herbert J. Bernstein
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science
1300 William Floyd Parkway, B205, Shirley NY 11967

92509 CSC 2060A -- Computer Organization -- Fall 2012
Online Course

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This is the syllabus for CSC 2060 for Fall 2012. As the course moves forward, students should return to this page frequently for updated material.

Catalog description:

CSC 2060N. Computer Organization 3 credits

This course explores internal representation of data, CPU organization, memory hierarchy, digital circuit design, input and output devices and their interface with CPU and memory. Included is an introduction to C/C++ programming. As time permits, a selection of more advanced topics from computer architecture is also covered. Prerequisites: CSC 1024N or permission of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department chair.

The Fall 2012 section is:

92509  CSC  2060N  3.00  Compilers  Oakdale 
  Sep 4, 2012  Dec 19, 2012    Dowling On Line     
  Instructor(s): Herbert J. Bernstein 
There are also three face-to-face meetings of this class in KSC 102A, 1 pm - 2:21 pm, 5 Sep 2012, 3 Oct 2012, 10 Oct 2012 to provide hands-on experience with computers. Students who cannot attend these face-to-face sessions must arrange alternatives with the instructor.


Office Hours:

Note that, in general, Dr. Bernstein will be at the Brookhaven campus on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and at the Oakdale Campus on Wednesday afternoons. If at all possible, please use email to schedule meetings in advance to avoid conflicts with other students and other obligations of the instructor.

For more information see http://www.bernstein-plus-sons.com/.dowling/HJB_Contact_Info.html.

Required Text:

Students are responsible for all assigned readings even if the material is not discussed with the instructor

Required Materials

Students are expected to have their text books no later than the second week of the semester.


This is an online class, with only 3 face-to-face meetings. The major risk in taking an online course is in failing to make steady progress through the semester. Therefore, all students are required both to demonstrate their progress with on-line quizzes and assignments and to attend at least one online meeting every 2 weeks with the instructor to discuss the work they are doing for this class. Students are encouraged to schedule these online meetings in groups via Skype, but they may meet the requirement with individual Skype meetings or by on-site meetings during office hours.

Students who cannot attend the 3 scheduled face-to-face sessions must schedule alternatives with the instructor to provide them with hand-on experience in working with computer harware.

Students who fail to maintain regular contact with the instructor prior to the midterm will get a midterm warning and be advised to withdraw from the course.

Grading Policy:

As noted above students will be given weekly quizzes. The weekly quizzes are open-web, open-book, open-notes quizzes, but that won't work in your favor if you don't do the reading.

Every student will be required to maintain a contemporaneous hardbound notebook recording all significant activities related to this course. The notebook should record the major topics discussed, questions about the subject matter of the course and the answers when they are found. You will find a good notebook very helpful in taking the final, but, more importantly, the process of reading and taking detailed notes on what you are reading will help you to learn the material.

In addition to the notebook, you will need an on-line blog and website for this course, both to act as a supplement to the hardbound notebook and to provide a path for the submission of assignments. You may not submit spreadsheets as attachments to email. They are not likely to get past the instructor's spam filer. Instead, you should post spreadsheets to your web site and send the URL to the instructor.

You are required to do a project to add to your permanent portfolio to complete this course. See the new Dowling College Computer Science Portfolios policy. The portfolio project for this course is to post a computer emulator for a real computer or a computer of your own design, or some other appropriate project in C/C++. The project posted must be new and original. All students, whether intersted in CS, SE, IS or IT should do a computer emulator. You should think terms of a project you would like to show to a prospective employer or graduate school. Your name will be on it, and everybody in the world will be able to see it and try it. Your skills will be on display for everybody to see. Do a good job.

All students will be required to communicate with the instructor via email, and many assignments will require work to be submitted via email.

Whether you use your Dowling email account as your primary email or not, you are required to get a Google gmail account as well, so that you will have access to the various Google products you need to do the work for this course.

Students must do the assignments steadily throughout the semester, not just to show that they know the material, but to give them the practice they need to learn the material well. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit all assignments on time. If an assignment is submitted one week late there will be a 50% penalty for that assignment. No more than three late assignments will be accepted during the semester. No assignments will be accepted that are two or more weeks late.

There will not be an in-class midterm exam. The mid-term evaluation will be based on the notebook (paper and/or blog), assignments and quizzes.

An open notes, open computer/calculator final will be given. The final will be given on line during a Skype-supervised session.

Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

Assessable Learning Outcomes


Please consult the course assignments page frequently.

Updated 2 September 2012.