CSC 174 - Computer Organization and Assembly Language

Dr. R. M. Siegfried

214 Post Hall      (516)877-4482

Office Hours - MWF 11:00-11:50AM; Tu 10:00AM-1:00PM

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Course Description and Purpose

Learn how the programming concepts of CSC 171 and 172, especially data types and basic control constructs, are represented and implemented at a machine-language level. Write working code in a symbolic assembly language

Gen Ed Learning Goals and Distribution Requirements

Course Learning Goals

Students will understand the organization of the Intel processors, be able to work in binary and hexadecimal number bases, and be able to write basic programs in Intel Assembly Language.


CSC 172


Assembly Language for x86 Processors , 6th edition, by Kip R. Irvine, Prentice Hall, 2012.



The assignments this semester will require students to use a text editor (such as Notepad) to create Intel Assembly language program and to run them on Windows-based computers using Microsoft Macroassembler version 6.15 or later. This requires the installation of Microsoft Macroassembler on their personal computers or on their flash drives.

While there will be opportunities to use class time for assigned work, this will be mainly limited to debugging and other assistance that students require in class. One should expect to spend 4-6 hours outside class working on programming assignments for this class.


Each programming assignment will be graded with a base grade of 90%, with points added to reflected areas in which the assignment exceeded specified requirements and/or points deducted to show areas where the assignment is deficient.

Late penalties may be assessed of 2 points per class after the due date.

The final average will be weighted (based on the following ratio:

Programming Assignments 25%
Quizzes 25%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

The final average will translate to a letter grade according to the following table:
Final Average Course Grade
A 90 - 100
A- 87.5 - 89.9
B+ 83.3 - 87.4
B 80.0 - 83.2
B- 77.5 - 79.9
C+ 73.3 - 77.4
C 70.0 - 73.2
C- 67.5 - 69.9
D+ 63.3 - 67.4
D 60.0 - 63.2
F 0.0 - 59.9


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Only students who are registered for courses, and whose name appears on the Official Class Roster may attend courses at the University. Adelphi students make a commitment to be active participants in their educational program; class attendance is an integral part of this commitment. Attendance requirements for each course will be announced by the faculty member at the beginning of each term. Students are expected to be present promptly at the beginning of each class period, unless prevented by illness or by other compelling cause. In the event of such absence, students may request that faculty members be notified by the Office of Academic Services and Retention. Students are responsible for completing course work missed through absences. Students should wait a reasonable length of time for an instructor in the event that the instructor is delayed.

Additionally, you are also responsible for whatever work is covered in class whether or not you are there. Absence from the final exam will be excused only for a good and well-documented reason. The decision to allow a make-up exam will be made in accordance with the policies of Adelphi University.

NB: This class will NOT meet on Tuesday, March 26 or Tuesday, April 2. We will make up these classes by meeting on Thursday May 9 and Friday, May 10. If the University needs to use these to replace classes canceled by the University, there will be open labs on March 26 or 28 (or if necessary, both). If either or both of these days are used as open labs, attendance will be taken and you will have the opportunity to submit assignments that are due.

If the University is closed for more than two days due to an emergency, go the home page for this course site each day for instructions and assignments. Student instructions materials can be found at

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)
Date Topic Assignment due
Date Topic Assignment due
January 24 Basic Concepts
January 27 Basic Concepts
January 29 x86 Processor Architecture
January 31 x86 Processor Architecture Assn 1 - p.19-21/3, 11, 13, 17, 21; p. 26/6, 7
February 3 Assembly Language Fundamentals Assn 2 - p.47/4, 5
February 5 Assembly Language Fundamentals
February 7 Assembly Language Fundamentals Assn 3 - A program that adds and subtracts 32-bit numbers
February 10 Assembly Language Fundamentals
February 12 Quiz #1 Assn 4 - Adding 4 32-Bit Integer Variables of a circle, square or rectangle
February 14 Assembly Language Fundamentals
February 17 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic Assn 5 - p. 109/ Programming project #7
February 19 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic
February 21 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic Assn 6 . Calculating a discriminant
February 24 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic
February 26 Review for Midterm Exam Assn 7 . Calculating the average of four numbers
February 28 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic
March 3 Data Transfers, Addressing and Arithmetic Assn 8 - Working With arrays and indirect operands
March 5 Procedures
March 7 Procedures Assn 9 - Writing the time
March 10 Review for the Midterm Exam Assn 10 . Writing a procedure to write the time
March 12 Midterm Exam
March 14 Procedures Assignment #11 - Calculating the average of an array of n numbers
March 24 Procedures
March 26 Procedures
March 28 Conditional Processing Assn 12 . Using procedures
March 31 Conditional Processing
April 2 Conditional Processing
April 4 Conditional Processing Assn 13 - Finding the sum of the absolute values
April 7 Integer Arithmetic
April 9 Integer Arithmetic
April 11 Quiz #2 Assn 14 - A time appropriate greeting
April 14 Integer Arithmetic
April 16 Open Lab Assn 15 - Formatting the time
April 18 Integer Arithmetic
April 21 Open Lab
April 23 Strings and Arrays Assn 16 . Find the first 10 prime numbers
April 25 Strings and Arrays
April 28 Strings and Arrays
April 30 Strings and Arrays Assn 17 . p. 362/Programming Project #2
May 2 Floating Point Arithmetic
May 5 Floating Point Arithmetic
May 7 Review for the Final Exam Assn 18 . p. 522/ Programming Project

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Honor Code

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The code of academic honesty prohibits behavior, which can broadly be described as lying, cheating, or stealing. Violations of the code of academic honesty will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Fabricating data or citations
  2. Collaborating in areas prohibited by the professor
  3. Unauthorized multiple submission of work
  4. Sabotage of others' work, including library vandalism or manipulation
  5. Plagiarism: presenting any work as one's own that is not one's own
  6. The creation of unfair advantage
  7. The facilitation of dishonesty
  8. Tampering with or falsifying records
  9. Cheating on examinations through the use of written materials or giving or receiving help in any form during the exam, including talking, signals, electronic devices, etc.

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