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CS 301 - Assembly Language, Fall 2004

CS 301

Assembly Language

Fall 2004
MWF 3:30-4:30PM
Chapman 104

Instructor: Dr. Mitch Roth

Office: 201E Chapman

Office Hours: MWF 2-3, Th 1-2

Phone: 474-7098

Class web

TA: Sivarama Velicheti,

Prerequisite: CS 201. 


Textbooks: Computer Systems:A Programmer's Perspective by Bryant and O'Hallaron

               PC Assembly Language by Paul Carter (available free online at )

Grading Policy: Grades will be assigned on a normalized basis (curve) with the following allocation:

       Homework: 35%

       Exam 1: 20%

       Exam2: 20%

       Final Exam: 25%

Content: The course will cover assembly language programming for x86 and Pentium chips. Topics include machine organization, architecture, data representation, instruction set, addressing modes, procedures, high level language interfaces, I/O routines, the memory hierarchy, and performance measurement and optimization. We will be following roughly the outline for the ORG+ course found on page xxiii of the text, with the addition of chapter 4, which is where the auxiliary text comes in. Concepts and techniques will be emphasized and programming will be required. Lecture topics, reading assignments, and homework will be available at  Check out the links at the class homepage for more useful information.

Homework: Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis and is due by 4:30pm on the due date, normally on Friday.  Late homework will not be accepted. Plagiarism or faked output will result in an F on the assignment in question, as well as possible disciplinary action from the University. It is acceptable for students to discuss approaches to homework problems, specific syntax questions, and debugging, but all code must be written on an individual basis.  Homework should be submitted by email ONLY in an emergency.

Exams: There will be two in-class exams and a non-comprehensive final. The exams will be on Friday, October 22 and Monday, November 22.  The final exam is from 3:15 to 5:15 pm on Friday, December 17. All exams must be taken as scheduled. In particular, note that early or late final exams are contrary to the policies of the department.

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