Computer Organization and Architecture
Prof: Clincy / Spring 2019
Aug 29, 2021
This is the hardest course that any CS or SWE major will take. If you have a good professor, then it becomes exponentially easier. I implore you to study often and study not for simple understanding, but a deep knowledge of the topic. The information that you learn here has been useful in every facet of my computing experience (all three of my internships) and I'm not even as close to the metal coding wise as someone who really needs to know this stuff would be.
Clincy knows his stuff, but he doesn't explain it all very well.
Please study for complete understanding. You should be able to make your own scenarios and teach other students concepts. That's how I passed!
Prof: Karakaya / Fall 2020
Aug 24, 2021
I didn't find the course horribly complicated, but I've heard some people do. Some parts are definitely challenging. There's tons of logic-type things involved, very low-level programming. Don't expect a horrible class, but I wouldn't call it an easy-A. I'll give it an average useful rating due to its potential, but for a lot of people it will be irrelevant.
Sometimes hard to understand, but he seems to care about his students and their outcomes. Reasonable grader and the workload of the class isn't bad at all. Group project is fairly simple.
A lot of the content is based around logic gates, so if you have experience from other courses with that, it should be easier. If you struggle with those types of things, be prepared to study.
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