el 20(19): e2

Research Article

A Project-Based Learning Approach to Teaching Computer Architecture

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.162289,
        author={D. Cenk Erdil},
        title={A Project-Based Learning Approach to Teaching Computer Architecture},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        keywords={blended learning, computer science education, computer organization and architecture, single-board computers, project-based learning},
  • D. Cenk Erdil
    Year: 2019
    A Project-Based Learning Approach to Teaching Computer Architecture
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.13-7-2018.162289
D. Cenk Erdil1,*
  • 1: School of Computer Science & Engineering, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 06825, USA
*Contact email: erdild@sacredheart.edu


This article describes details of design and implementation of an upper-level (core-Tier2) computer organization and architecture course with an online hands-on component as a blended learning environment. The revised course content is based on contemporary pedagogical approaches: blended learning, flipped classroom, lead learner, and project-based learning. While revising, ACM/IEEE-CS computing curricula guidelines were aligned with new modules being implemented. Online hands-on component of the course have been focused on using a single-board computer, and associated hardware to provide students relevant skills in designing projects that include hardware and software components. Research data collected after first two cohorts of the revised course show that implementation of the course was received well by the students, which improved the overall course reviews, while maintaining relevant levels of curricular material that includes core knowledge areas.