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ENCM 369 Winter 2020 Information about Midterm #2

Author: Steve Norman


First, everything on this web page is subject to change if the university decides to move to online assessment or makes some other response to the pandemic. If the test needs to be cancelled, we will let you as soon as possible.

Second, do NOT attend the test if you are feeling unwell, or are worried that attending the test might help transmit COVID-19 to vulnerable people you live with. If you miss the test please send an email to your lecture instructor explaining your reasons for being absent. All reasonable explanations for being excused from the test will be accepted without a doctor's note or statutory declaration.


Date, time, and locations

The test is on Wed Mar 18, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

Students in L01 (Steve Norman's 11am section) will write in EDC 179.
Students in L02 (Norm Bartley's 10am section) will write in ICT 102.
(These are exactly the same room assignments as for Midterm #1.)

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The test is closed-book—do not take any books or notes to your seat.

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As stated on the course outline, you may use any of the the following sanctioned Schulich School of Engineering calculators for the midterm and final examinations: Casio FX-260, Casio FX-300MS, TI-30XIIS.

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Test Topics

First, a general principle:

The test will focus mainly on topics that were heavily emphasized in lectures and labs. We are not going to make a lot of marks depend on topics that were given very little coverage in lectures and labs.

The test will cover all course material up to and including Lab 8 and the lectures of Friday, March 13, with the following exceptions:

The number of marks associated with material from the lecture Friday, March 13 will be small, but potentially greater than zero, to give you some motivation to stay up-to-date with course material.

Most of the marks will be for material covered after Midterm #1, but there will be some marks for material going back almost to the beginning of the course.

Midterm #2 Instruction Subset

For this year the Midterm #2 Instruction Subset will be defined as all of the real instructions from the Midterm #1 instruction set …

add, addi, sub
slt, sltu, slti
sll, srl
lw, sw, lb, lbu, sb
beq, bne, j, jal, jr
and, andi, or, ori, lui, nor

… these two pseudoinstructions …

la, li

… plus the following instructions we studied after Midterm #1 …

addu, addiu, subu

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Test Format

The test will be very similar in format to Midterm #2 from 2013 to 2019. Questions will be of the following types:

You will write all of your answers on the question paper, in spaces provided for answers.

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Reference Material

You will be provided with a few pages of reference material along with the question paper. This material will include:

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Suggestions for preparation

Here are suggestions for review:

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