This course was exactly what I had needed and been looking for. After taking courses such as computer architecture, programming languages, etc.. , I often felt as though my understanding was decent, but not rock-solid. Even though the platform being built here is very simplistic, it gets the job done and provides a total understand of how to implement the functions of a general purpose machine. This is something I think many of my peers miss out on. The hands-on approach of the course facilitates inventive thinking, not just knowing material.
This is why I'm such an advocate for this course. The distillation of a computer to its essence that Noam and Shimon have managed is brilliant!