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Administrative Unit: Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CISS 360
Course Title: Computer Systems and Assembly Language
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Introduction to the fundamental concepts of computer systems including data representation, computer arithmetic, Boolean algebra, SSI Logic Design, register-transfer and micro-operations, computer organization, assemblers and assembly language programming. Prerequisite: CISS 245 or CISS 243.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): CISS 245 or CISS 243.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered odd Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

68000 Family Assembly Language
By Clements, Alan (PWS)
Computer Organization and Design
By Patterson, D.A. (Morgan Kaufmann)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Perform conversion in various bases.

  2. Perform arithmetic (and logical) operations in different bases.

  3. Translate a high level code fragment into assembly code fragment

Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Perform arithmetic and conversions in various bases, specifically binary, octal and hexadecimal.

  • Perform bit-wise logical operations (Boolean algebra).

  • Manipulate various data representations, including sign-magnitude, two’s complement, IEEE floating point and ASCII.

  • Write assembly language programs including subroutines, recursion, interrupts, and input/output.

  • Describe the assembly process.

  • Describe how to implement higher-level programming constructs and methods using assembly language.

Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 30

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Prepared by: Suzanne Tourville Date: September 10, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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