Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Mason University Volgenau School of IT & Engineering

General Information

Lectures Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 am -11:45 am in Innovation Hall 132
Lab Hours with TA Thursday 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm in ST2 203
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm in ST2 203

Homeworks, Machine Problems, and other resources can be found on WebCT.


  • Class Calendar: (pdf)
  • Syllabus: (pdf) Updated 10/09/07


Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps
Office: Science and Technology II, Room 213
Email: jkaps'at'

Office Hours

  • Monday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Additional office hours are by appointment only (see the Contact page for how to setup an appointment).

Teaching Assistant

NameE-Mail Phone Office Office Hours
Chethan Ananthcananth'at'gmu.edutbaST1-2DMo 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Th 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Computer Organization and Design, The Hardware / Software Interface by David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Morgan Kaufmann; revised 3rd edition, 2007, ISBN-10: 0-12-370606-8 ISBN-13: 978-0-12-370606-5.

The old 3rd edition from 2005 ISBN-10: 1-55860-604-1 ISBN-13: 978-1-55860-604-3 contains many errors. If you buy this one it is your responsibility to make sure that the errors do not create wrong results in assignments.

Recommended Books

Fundamentals of Digital Logic with VHDL Design with CD-ROM by Stephen Brown and Zvonko Vranesic, McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition, 2005, ISBN-10: 0-07-249938-9, ISBN-13: 978-0-07-2499384. This is currently the textbook for ECE 331 and ECE 448.

Introduction to Computing Systems: From Bits & Gates to C & Beyond by Yale N. Patt and Sanjay J. Patel, McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition, 2004, ISBN-10: 0-07-246750-9 ISBN-13: 978-0-07-246750-9. This is currently the textbook for CS 367.

The Designer's Guide to VHDL by Peter Ashenden, Morgan Kaufmann; 2nd edition, 2001, ISBN-10: 1-55860-674-2, ISBN-13: 978-1-55860-674-6.

Copyright © 2007 Jens-Peter Kaps
last updated: October 9th 2007