Computer EngineeringECSE-322AFall 2008COURSE INFORMATION: MWF in ENGTR 1100, 11:35-12:25. INSTRUCTOR:Professor T. Arbel: email: “Tal Arbel” on the WebCT system. Office: McConnell Engineering Building, Room 425. Tel: 398-8204. Office hours: Starting on September 15, Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm, McConnell Engineering Building, Room 425. Otherwise by appointment. Course information will be available on a WebCT site: http://www.mcgill.ca/webct/. Administrative information regarding the course will be posted there. Office hours of teaching assistants will also be announced there. You will need to establish a login for this page the first time you access it. GENERAL: This course continues the subject matter of ECSE-221 (Introduction to Computer Engineering), but stresses computer structure and use at the system rather than at the component level. The emphasis of the course is on data communication and protocols, as well as data buffering, storage and structuring principles. These principles are motivated by the characteristics of peripheral devices and the requirements of applications driving these peripherals. The course covers system level issues spanning both hardware and software, and the confluence of software and hardware. This confluence is two-fold: 1. the similarity between hardware and software in issues of data communication, buffering and structuring; 2. the hardware/software interface: an overview of operating system principles.
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