|ECE 373 -
Software Intensive Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The College of Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The prerequisites for the course are either ECE 242 (Data Structures and Algorithms) or CMPSCI 187 (Programming with Data Structures). The required textbook is Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective. As the book title indicates, we will cover all topics from a "programmer's perspective" with a focus on how each topic affects software performance and design. The course will focus on C programming. Since Unix is written in C, it is the language of choice for systems-level programming. The course assumes you are familiar with a C-like language, such as Java, but does not assume you already know or are familiar with C. The classic book that describes C is The C Programming Language, which was written by the original authors of C and Unix. In some cases, to better understand software performance, we will also look at how C code translates to assembly code. Thus, while not a required prerequisite, ECE232 is recommended (Hardware Organization and Design).
The class will
consist of three lectures on MWF from 12:20-1:10pm in
Engineering Building I room 304.
Course grades will be
determined based on the following breakdown:
Please note that all projects and assignments are due by midnight
(11:59pm) on the due date.
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