CSE 2312 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (Spring 2015)
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Dr. Junzhou Huang

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CSE 2312-001 | Class Number 21926

SH 332 | Monday and Wenesday 3:00-4:20 PM

Junzhou Huang | jzhuang@uta.edu | Office: ERB 650 | Office hours: Monday and Wenesday 1:00-3:00 PM (or by appointment)

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, Structured Computer Organization, 6th Edition. Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2012. (Main Textbook)
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 attending this course. Students are expected to have working experiences on software development, compilation process and programming in Standard C or Java.

Yeqing Li | yeqing.li@mavs.uta.edu | Office: ERB 101 | Office hours: Mon. & Wed. 10:00am ~ 12:00pm (or by appointment)

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the architecture and organization of a computer, such as the CPU, memory, I/O organization, peripherals and so on. From this course, students will learn the 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 so on.

Assembly language is the fundation language for modern computer applications. This course will introduce the Intel family of computers and its associated assembly language. As you learn assembly language you will also learn about the components of a typical computer system and how the operating system controls these components. Successfully completion of this course will provide students a comprehensive understanding of computer organization and arichecture and enable him/her analyze and implement many practical problems with Assembly language.



There will be homeworks, Quizzes, programming assignments, 1 midterm, and 1 final exams. Midterm and final will be around 1.5~2 hours long. Course grades will be determined by the following weights:

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

where [ ] denotes inclusion and ( ) denotes exclusion. The instructor reserves the right to move the thresholds down based on the distribution of final percentages, but they will not move up.


  • Week 1
    • Jan. 21: Introduction (Slides)
  • Week 2
    • Jan. 26: Structured Computers (Slides) (Please read Chapter 1 in the Tanenbaum's Textbook before class!)
    • Jan. 28: No class due to the conference traveling
  • Week 3
    • Feb. 2: Computer Components (Slides) & Quantifying Computer Components (Slides)
    • Feb. 4: CPU (Slides) (Please read Chapter 2 in the Tanenbaum's Textbook before class!) (HW1 Due)
  • Week 4
    • Feb. 9: Memory (Slides) (Quiz 1 for Chapter 1)
    • Feb. 11: Error Correcting Codes (Slides)
  • Week 5
    • Feb. 16: Secondary Memory (Slides)
    • Feb. 18: Input/Output (Slides)
  • Week 6
    • Feb. 23: ISA (Slides) (Please read Chapter 5 in the Tanenbaum's Textbook before class!)
    • Feb. 25: Addressing (Slides) (HW2 Due)
  • Week 7
    • Mar. 2: Instruction Types (Slides) (Quiz 2 for Chapter 2)
    • Mar. 4: Flow of Control (Slides)
  • Week 8
    • Mar. 9: Spring Vacation
    • Mar. 11: Spring Vacation
  • Week 9
    • Mar. 16: Midterm Exam (Chapter 1 & 2)
    • Mar. 18: IA-64 (Slides)
  • Week 10
    • Mar. 23: Binary Number (Slides) (Please read Appendix A in the Tanenbaum's Textbook before class!) (HW3 Due)
    • Mar. 25: Floating-Point Number (Slides) (Please read Appendix B in the Tanenbaum's Textbook before class!)
  • Week 11
    • Mar. 30: Introduction of Assembly Language (Slides) (Quiz 3 for Chapter 5) (Please read Chapter 7 before class!)
  • Week 12
    • Apr. 8: Assembly Language Programming (Slides)
  • Week 13
    • Apr. 13: Assembly Process (Slides)
    • Apr. 15: Linking and Loading (Slides) (Quiz 4 for Appendix A & B)
  • Week 14
    • Apr. 20: Registers (Slides) (PA1 Due)
    • Apr. 22: Assembler and Tracer (Slides)
  • Week 15
    • Apr. 27: Addressing and Subroutine (Slides) (HW5 Due)
    • Apr. 29: Summary of Basic Instructions (Slides) (Quiz 5 for Chapter 7)
  • Week 16
    • May 4: Loops and Boolean Operations (Slides)
    • May 6: Final Review Class: (Slides) (Last Class)
  • Week 17
    • May. 11: Final Exam 2:00-4:30pm


Homeworks, Programming Assignments and other material 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 more than 3 days late.

Homework 1 : [PDF] Problem 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 in Chapter 1, Tanenbaum's Textbook.

Homework 1 Solution [PDF]

Homework 2 : [PDF] Problem 1, 3, 12, 14, 17, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33 in Chapter 2, Tanenbaum's Textbook

Homework 2 Solution [PDF]

Homework 3 : [PDF] Problem 3,6,10,12,14,18,23,25,30,32 in Chapter 5, Tanenbaum's Textbook.

Homework 3 Solution [PDF]

Homework 4 : [PDF] Problem 1-4, 7-8, 14 in Appendix A and Problem 1, 2, 4 in Appendix B

Homework 4 Solution [PDF]

Homework 5: [PDF] Problem 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 16, 22 in Chapter 7, Tanenbaum's Textbook.

Homework 5 Solution [PDF]


Instructions: [PDF]

Programming Assignment 1: [PDF] [Due on April 20]

Programming Assignment 2: [PDF] [Due on May 4]


Quiz 1: PDF Solution [PDF]

Quiz 2: PDF Solution [PDF]

Quiz 3: PDF Solution [PDF]

Quiz 4: PDF Solution [PDF]

Quiz 5: PDF Solution [PDF]

Midterm: PDF Solution [PDF]



Assignment Strategies:
a) You are expected to submit all assignments in class on the due date. Type up is preferred.
b) Assigments should be turned in before or in the class or TA office hour on due date.
c) Your name and ID number should appear in your homework.

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 ppealed 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

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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



Students are responsible to check this webpage frequently! The instructor reserves the right to modify and/or change the above information about this course with reasonable notification to students.