CSE 2312 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (Fall 2017)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Song Jiang

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·       There will be two quizzes and no lectures on 9/20 (Wednesday). Quiz 1 covers Lectures 1, 2, and 3, and Quiz 2 covers Lectures 4 and 5. Both are closed book ones.

·       Class on 9/25 (Monday) is canceled due to Instructor’s business trip.



CSE 2312-003 | Class Number 86387


ERB 130 | M/W 4:00-5:20 PM


Dr. Song Jiang | song.jiang@uta.edu | Office: ERB 559 | Office hours: 2:00-3:00pm M/W (or by appointment)



Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Structured Computer Organization, 6th Edition. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2012. (Main Textbook)



David A. Patterson and John L. Hennessy, Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface (The Morgan Kaufmann Series in Computer Architecture and Design) 5th Edition (Optional)

Irvine, Kip. , Assembly Language for Intel-Based Computers, 6th Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2011. (Optional)

Paul A. Carter, PC Assembly Language, July 2006. (Free PDF Available)


All students are expected to have passed the courses CSE 1320 Intermediate Programming and CSE 1310 Introduction to Computers & Programming or an equivalent before taking this course.


Xingsheng Zhao | xingsheng.zhao@mavs.uta.edu | Office: ERB 101 | Office hours: 1:30-3pm T/Th

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the architecture and organization of a computer consisting of the processor, memory, I/O subsystem, and peripherals. In this course, students will learn basics of computer architecture and low level programming, i.e., assembly code and hardware manipulation. It will focus on the basic concepts of computer architecture and machine instructions, memory access and storage, instruction execution, assembly language, computer organization, data representation and transfer, digital arithmetic, memory storage and addressing methods, procedures and interrupts, conditional processing, and more.

Assembly language is a low-level programming language with a very strong correspondence to a processor architecture's machine code instructions. This course will introduce the Intel family of processors and its associated assembly language. Programing with the language helps to better understand how various components of a computer work together to execute programs under the control of an operating system. Successful completion of this course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of computer organization and architecture and skills to program with assembly language.



·       Syllabus

·       Lecture 1 (Course Introduction)

·       Lecture 2 (Introduction to Computers)

·       Lecture 3 (Processor)

·       Lecture 4 (Memory)

·       Lecture 5 (Secondary memory and I/O)




Homework and programming assignments and other materials will be made available here. They are due at the beginning of class. Automatic 20% is deducted for each day late to hand in assignments (including weekend). They will not be accepted after an overdue of three days.


a) You are expected to submit all assignments in class on the due date.

b) For written homework assignments, typed submissions are preferred. Handwritten will be accepted, but note that if the TA has a hard time reading your work, the TA will also have a hard time giving you a good grade.

c) Your name and student ID should appear in each of your submissions.

·       Hw1   (Due date: 9/6 Wednesday) [Solutions]

·       Hw2  (Due date: 9/20 Wednesday)

·       Hw3  (Due date: 9/27 Wednesday)



There will be homework assignments, in-class quizzes, and programming assignments, one midterm, and one final exam. Course grades will be determined by the following weights:

  • Homework and quizzes --- 30%
  • Programming Assignments --- 20%
  • Midterm --- 20%
  • Final Exam --- 30%

Final letter grades will be assigned based on absolute percentage as follows:

  • [90 100] --- A
  • [80 90) --- B
  • [70 80) --- C
  • [60 70) --- D
  • [00 60) --- F

where [ ] denotes inclusion and ( ) denotes exclusion.


Attendance: Class attendance will be recorded at some lecture sessions. However, they will not factor into the final course grade. Students who do not regularly attend lecture sessions risk missing valuable material, such as homework solutions, sample exam problems, and demonstrations. Regular attendance of class lectures is strongly encouraged.

Other Information

Americans with Disabilities Act

The University of Texas at Arlington is on record as being committed to both the spirit and letter of federal equal opportunity legislation; reference Public Law 93112 -- The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. With the passage of new federal legislation entitled Americans With Disabilities Act - (ADA), pursuant to section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, there is renewed focus on providing this population with the same opportunities enjoyed by all citizens. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide "reasonable accommodation" to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability. Student responsibility primarily rests with informing faculty at the beginning of the semester and in providing authorized documentation through designated administrative channels.

Academic Integrity

It is the philosophy of The University of Texas at Arlington that academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." (Regents' Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22)

All students enrolled in this course are expected to adhere to the UT Arlington Honor Code:

I pledge, on my honor, to uphold UT Arlington’s tradition of academic integrity, a tradition that values hard work and honest effort in the pursuit of academic excellence.
I promise that I will submit only work that I personally create or contribute to group collaborations, and I will appropriately reference any work from other sources. I will follow the highest standards of integrity and uphold the spirit of the Honor Code.

Grade Appeal Policy

If you do not believe a grade on a particular assignment is correct, you may appeal the grade in writing (email) within 5 class days. Grade appeals must be appealed to the appropriate GTA firstly, then to your instructor if necessary. Please refer to the UTA Catalog for the detailed guide of grade appeals.


Student Support Services Available

The University of Texas at Arlington provides a variety of resources and programs to help you develop academic skills, deal with personal situations, better understand concepts and information related to their courses, and achieve academic success. These programs include major-based learning centers, developmental education, advising and mentoring, personal couneling, admission and transition, and federally funded programs. Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 or visit www.uta.edu/resources for more information and appropriate referrals.


Drop Policy

The university withdrawal policy will be strictly adhered to. Up to the initial withdrawal date, all students will receive a W. The drops after the final withdrawal date will not be approved normally unless the student has already shown to complete the course work satisfactorily, etc.


Missed Exams, Quizzes, and Makeup Work

If you miss an exam or quiz due to unavoidable circumstances (e.g., health), you must notify the instructor via email or meeting with him as soon as possible and request a makeup approval. PLEASE let the instructor know ahead of time! Do NOT ask for make-up exams or other components if you missed an exam or a project due to travel (except when you are required to travel to represent the university or the department). Attendance though not mandatory, but is HIGHLY encouraged. Class participation may directly affect your grade in the 'Homework and Quizzes' component.



Students are expected to check this webpage regularly. The instructor reserves the right to modify and/or change the above information with reasonable advance notification to students.