System Architecture Prof. Dr. Jan Reineke, Dr. Andreas Abel, Shrey Sharma Basic Lecture Course (9 CP)

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18.05.2022

Results Quiz 2

We have finished grading the second quiz. You can find the result on your personal status page.

You will have a chance to inspect your quiz during your next tutorial.

If you had difficulties with the exercise on recursive circuits, you should use the time... Read more

We have finished grading the second quiz. You can find the result on your personal status page.

You will have a chance to inspect your quiz during your next tutorial.

If you had difficulties with the exercise on recursive circuits, you should use the time until the next quiz to become more familiar with this topic, as there might be another exercise on recursive circuits on the next quiz. There is also a high probability that the exam will contain such an exercise.

You should also regularly check the forum, as we might sometimes post hints regarding the quiz contents there.

04.05.2022

Results Quiz 1

We have finished grading the first quiz. You can find the result on your personal status page.

You will have a chance to inspect your quiz during your next tutorial.

04.05.2022

Office Hour

Currently, the second office hour is taking place in building E1 3, Room 415.

We have also created a channel in Teams in which you can participate remotely.

26.04.2022

Office Hours

Due to scheduling conflicts, we have moved the time for office hours. Office hours will be held every Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in building E1 3, Room 415.
The first office hours will take place today.

22.04.2022

Tutorials

We have assigned the tutorial slots. You can find the time and location of your tutorial on your “Personal Status” page.

In the weeks in which no quizzes take place, we will additionally offer one online tutorial at 12:30 pm. You do not need to sign up for this,... Read more

We have assigned the tutorial slots. You can find the time and location of your tutorial on your “Personal Status” page.

In the weeks in which no quizzes take place, we will additionally offer one online tutorial at 12:30 pm. You do not need to sign up for this, you can just join the meeting in the “Online Tutorial” channel in Microsoft Teams.

19.04.2022

Organizational Updates

We now have a team for the course in Microsoft Teams. Please refer to the Lectures section on the Online Organization page for details on how to join it. The links to the live events for the lectures will be available in the "Lecture" channel in the team.

11.04.2022

First Lecture

The first lecture will be held in person on April 13 at 8:30am in Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal (GHH, E2 2) and as a live event at this link on MS Teams.

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General Information

The lecture System Architecture of the summer semester 2022 takes place every Wednesday from 8:30 am to 10:00 am and every Friday from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm at Günter-Hotz-Hörsaal (GHH, E2 2) and teaches basic knowledge in the field of computer architecture and operating systems.

For students of the 2020 (and beyond) curriculum, the lecture is located in the fourth semester. However, participation is also possible for second semester students.

 

Registration

Registration for this course will open after the first lecture on April 13.

 

Organisation

Lectures will be held in presence on campus and streamed online using MS Teams at scheduled times. Recordings of the lecture will be made available for download or streaming following the video conference.

Tutorials will also be held in presence on Mondays between 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Materials for the 2021 course can be found under Materials in the CMS.

In the Literature section, you will also find a list of topics expected to be covered this year and corresponding chapters in textbooks. If you already want to prepare for the course, it is a good idea to study these book chapters as well as the lecture slides of 2021.

 

Examination modalities

Examinations

  •     The final exam covers the material of all the lectures.
  •     Participation requires that a total of 50% of the points from the mini-tests and 50% of the points from the projects have been achieved.
  •     The re-exam also covers the material of all the lectures.
  •     Participation requires that a total of 50% of the points from the mini-tests and 50% of the points from the projects have been achieved.
  •     Even those who have passed the final exam may participate in the re-exam and try to improve their grade.
  •     You are allowed to bring a (double-sided) handwritten DIN A4 sheet to the exam.
  •     Further details about the exam procedure will be announced during the semester.

Quizzes

  •     Quizzes will take place every two weeks in the beginning of the tutorials. The completion time is 15 minutes.
  •     A quiz not taken will be graded with 0 points.
  •     The first quiz will take place on May 2.

Assignments

  •     There are weekly assignment sheets to be worked on voluntarily. These are published each Wednesday in the CMS under Materials.
  •     You can work on the assignment sheets in any group. You can hand in your solution before the end of the lecture on Wednesdays in the CMS. Normally, you have one week to work on your solution.
  •     You will receive the corrected sheets back in your tutorial. Solutions to the exercises will be discussed there as well.

Projects

  •     There are two projects during the semester, one in the area of computer architecture and one in the area of operating systems.
  •     Projects that are not submitted will be graded with 0 points.
  •     Plagiarism will be assessed with 0 points and reported to the examination board.

 

Grading

The total score for the system architecture lecture is calculated as follows from the points earned in the final or re-exam, the points earned in the quizzes, and the points earned in the projects:

k = max(pointsFinalExam/totalPointsFinalExam, pointsReExam/totalPointsReExam).
t = pointsQuizzes/totalPointsQuizzes
p = min(pointsProjects, totalPointsProjects)/totalPointsProjects

passed = k >= 0.5 && t >= 0.5 && p >= 0.5
q = 0.8 * k + 0.2 * p

The number q is then mapped to the grading scale.

Hence, in each of the three areas at least 50% of the points must be reached. The grade is based on 80% of the exam result and 20% of the project result.

Due to bonus tasks, pointsProjects can be > totalPointsProjects. min(pointsProjects, totalPointsProjects) therefore caps the project score at 100% of the regular project points to be achieved.

 

System Architecture for Computer Science Teachers (6 CP)

For student teachers taking the 6 CP variant of the course, the following adjustments apply:

  •     Only the computer architecture project must be completed.
  •     The first 4 quizzes are relevant for the exam admission.
  •     The exam covers only the computer architecture part of the lecture, not the operating systems part.


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