CPEN 211

Introduction to Microcomputers

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Prof: Tor / Fall 2020

Dec 20, 2020

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Study far in advance for exams

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Prof: Tor Aamodt / Fall 2020

Jan 11, 2021

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Very interesting course, and the labs are challenging but rewarding, assuming you can keep up. All the exams are brutal but there are opportunities for part marks and they're scaled. Lab exams and labs are largely autograded, and punish mistakes hard, producing a very bimodal 100 or 0 mark distribution. The textbooks are good if prone to misprints, and are both on libgen. Course policies from hell: a draconian anti collaboration policy bans most all discussion of labs, which interferes with those who fall behind catching up. A newly introduced rule this year meant anyone who failed too many of their lab exams would fail the course. The marking on these was automated and excessively harsh: on the last one, there was a function IGXHY that if you spelled it wrong, you'd fail the exam and...read more

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Do not fall behind in labs. A good lab partner will help immensely in this course. Test exhaustively. Write a lot of (automated!) test code. Our final Verilog lab had 1.5x as much test code as hardware description language, and did not lose marks. Try to write the best and most understandable Verilog you can, and independently read about best practices and features you can use; you're going to be writing hundreds to over a thousand lines of it, and spending a lot of time in the debugger, so the easier it is to read both test code and hardware description, the better. (the task feature was invaluable in making our tests more readable) Speaking of the debugger, *learn what ModelSim can do for you* (e.g. breakpoints, traceback, $stop, etc for automated tests). You will be spending dozens of...read more

Grade: A+Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Yes
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4.7Amazing Class
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Prof: Tor / Winter 2019

Dec 27, 2020

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The hardest course I've ever took in my entire life.

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Very useful course, you'll probably learn more in this course than most people in their entire life about computers, it should really be a 10 credit course. BE SURE NOT TO FALL BEHIND otherwise you will pay a high price for it.

Grade: Rather not sayAttendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: Optional

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