CSCI 3410 is a new George Washington University, Department of Computer Science course replacing Computer Architecture II (CSCI 3462). This course introduces students to many concepts underlying all computer systems and ties together the basic concepts from transistors though software development. Topics include: processor operation, hierarchical memory systems, microcontroller architecture, digital and analog data acquisition, actuation, and systems software development topics from the programmer's perspective such as compilers, linkers, operating systems, testing and debugging. The course uses embedded platforms to teach students how programs interact with and are constrained by hardware (with a little bit of “Basic Electronics” included so that the embedded systems part can be more easily understood).
CSCI 4415 (formerly CS-190) is a George Washington University, Department of Computer Science course in real-time embedded systems. This course is taught as CSCI-4415 section 80 for undergraduate students and CSCI-6907 section 80 for graduate students. The purpose of this course is to engage computer science undergraduates and graduates with hardware and embedded systems. While Computer Science students get a strong conceptual overview of systems and hardware in various organization and architecture courses, many students have never experienced actually working with computer hardware. This course will focus on hands-on projects, through homework, labs and final projects involving both hardware and low-level software. This course will discuss the design issues in an embedded system and the technologies needed to support such systems, with the focus on the software aspects.