Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking

Course number: 
CIS 2229
Fall 2015
Name E-mail Office location
Claudia Pine-Simon
Science Education and Research Center (SERC) , Room 329

Grade of C or better in1048,  CIS 1068, or an equivalent first-semester programming course in C++, C#, Java or VB.Net   Co-requisite CIS 1048.  Co-requisite CIS 2168

Required Textbooks:

The Architecture of Computer Hardware and Systems Software , An Information Technology Approach, 5th Edition,  Englander, John Wiley and Sons, 2014. ISBN 9781118322635.

E-Book: The Architecture of Computer Hardware and System Software: An Information Technology Approach, 5th Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2014  can be ordered at:

Computer Networking, A top-Down Approach, 6th Edition; Kurose and Ross, Pearson Education, INC., ISBN-13: 978-0-13-285620-1 ISBN-10: 0-13-285620-4

Topics covered: 

This course provides an introduction to computer system architecture, operating systems concepts, and network organization, structure, and management. Topics covered include computer architecture and hardware operation, design, enhancement and implementation of CPU and memory, operating systems internals, Ethernet, wireless networks and the TCP/IP protocol stack.

Course goals: 
1. To introduce the basic concepts for understanding and evaluating operating systems and the most important computer architecture issues impacting operating systems and the most important computer architecture issues impacting operating system design, implementation and selection.  
2. To introduce basic hardware and software issues and components of networks and network operating systems.
3.  To provide experience with the use, installation and configuration of various operating systems.
4. To provide an understanding of the technologies underlying the Internet and the WWW, and provide experience in using these technologies  
Attendance policy: 
Class attendance is mandatory and important to be successful in this course. It is your responsibility to submit any assignments or any work by the assigned time.  Please email me before class if you have a hardship that will result in your absence.  Class participation and attendance are important and can affect your final grade

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (
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