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This course studies the basic instruction set architecture and organization of a modern computer. It provides a programmer’s view of how computer systems execute programs, store information, and communicate. Over the semester the student learns the fundamentals of translating higher level languages into assembly language, and the interpretation of machine languages by hardware. At the same time, a model of computer hardware organization is developed from the gate level upward.
Format: lecture/laboratory; There is no scheduled time for lectures. They will be available for asynchronous viewing. Each lab section will meet once per week. Students should sign up for lecture and one lab.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
weekly programming assignments and/or problem sets, midterm and final exams
current or expected Computer Science majors
The course will consist of programming assignments and problem sets in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced and evaluated.