ECE 452 - Computer Organization and Architecture

CPU architecture design; hardware/software interfaces; pipelining and instruction level parallelism; superscalar and VLIW architectures; modern memory and network systems; storage and I/O systems; mobile computing; architectural exploration.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.


ECE 251 (Introduction to Microprocessors) or equivalent with a C or better.

Important Information

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Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface (Higher edition can be used), 5th Ed. (2014)
    David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy
    ISBN: 9780124077263