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Author Braught, Grant ♦ Reed, David
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2001
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Computer architecture simulator ♦ Education ♦ Knob & switch
Abstract The Knob The Knob & Switch Computer is a computer architecture simulatordesigned to teach beginning students the basics of computerorganization. It differs from existing simulators in twosignificant ways: (1) it incorporates cognitive hooks in the formof knobs and switches that encourage exploration and discovery onthe part of the student; and (2) it can be presented one componentat a time, starting with a simple interactive data path andbuilding incrementally to a full-featured stored program machine.Both of these features make it possible to engage beginningstudents and effectively convey an understanding of how computerswork. The Knob & Switch Computer simulator can also motivatethe study of other computing topics such as data representation,assembly language programming, and RISC vs. CISC architectures. Inaddition to describing the Knob & Switch Computer, we discussexperiences using the simulator in breadth-based introductorycourses both at Dickinson College and Creighton University. Switch Computer is a computer architecture simulatordesigned to teach beginning students the basics of computerorganization. It differs from existing simulators in twosignificant ways: (1) it incorporates cognitive hooks in the formof knobs and switches that encourage exploration and discovery onthe part of the student; and (2) it can be presented one componentat a time, starting with a simple interactive data path andbuilding incrementally to a full-featured stored program machine.Both of these features make it possible to engage beginningstudents and effectively convey an understanding of how computerswork. The Knob The Knob & Switch Computer is a computer architecture simulatordesigned to teach beginning students the basics of computerorganization. It differs from existing simulators in twosignificant ways: (1) it incorporates cognitive hooks in the formof knobs and switches that encourage exploration and discovery onthe part of the student; and (2) it can be presented one componentat a time, starting with a simple interactive data path andbuilding incrementally to a full-featured stored program machine.Both of these features make it possible to engage beginningstudents and effectively convey an understanding of how computerswork. The Knob & Switch Computer simulator can also motivatethe study of other computing topics such as data representation,assembly language programming, and RISC vs. CISC architectures. Inaddition to describing the Knob & Switch Computer, we discussexperiences using the simulator in breadth-based introductorycourses both at Dickinson College and Creighton University. Switch Computer simulator can also motivatethe study of other computing topics such as data representation,assembly language programming, and RISC vs. CISC architectures. Inaddition to describing the Knob The Knob & Switch Computer is a computer architecture simulatordesigned to teach beginning students the basics of computerorganization. It differs from existing simulators in twosignificant ways: (1) it incorporates cognitive hooks in the formof knobs and switches that encourage exploration and discovery onthe part of the student; and (2) it can be presented one componentat a time, starting with a simple interactive data path andbuilding incrementally to a full-featured stored program machine.Both of these features make it possible to engage beginningstudents and effectively convey an understanding of how computerswork. The Knob & Switch Computer simulator can also motivatethe study of other computing topics such as data representation,assembly language programming, and RISC vs. CISC architectures. Inaddition to describing the Knob & Switch Computer, we discussexperiences using the simulator in breadth-based introductorycourses both at Dickinson College and Creighton University. Switch Computer, we discussexperiences using the simulator in breadth-based introductorycourses both at Dickinson College and Creighton University.
ISSN 15314278
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-12-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 15314278
Journal Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (JERIC)
Volume Number 1
Issue Number 4
Page Count 15
Starting Page 31
Ending Page 45


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