Course Information for CS250: VLSI Systems Design

Fall 2013

Catalog Description: VLSI Systems Design

4 units. Three hours of lecture per week, plus one hour of section per week. Labs. Prerequisites: CS150.

Class Schedule/Rooms

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 2PM-3:30PM, 320 Soda Hall
Section: Monday, 5-6PM, 320 Soda Hall


Jonathan Bachrach, Adjunct Assistant Professor, CS Division, EECS Department
Email: jrb at eecs
Office Hours: by appointment, 579A Soda Hall (ASPIRE lab)

John Lazzaro, Research Specialist, EECS Department
Email: john dot lazzaro at gmail
Office Hours: by appointment

Teaching Assistant

Ben Keller
Email: bkeller at eecs
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3-4, 651 Soda; Mondays 5-6, 320 Soda

Please begin all email subject lines with [cs250] so that we can respond more quickly.


The course has a Piazza site that we will use to answer questions.

Course Grading

5%Class Discussion

See also Departmental Grading Guidelines for Graduate Courses.


The four labs will provide hands-on experience with the VLSI tools. See the handouts page for more info.

Late Labs Policy

Each student gets a total of four late days they can spend to extend the lab deadlines for any reason. No other extensions will be given, unless for serious documented emergencies.

Collaboration Policy

Students are encouraged to discuss the lab assignments with other students, but complete their own labs, write their own code, and turn in their own lab report.