This course examines how a computer operates at the machine level. Students will develop an understanding of the hardware/software interface by studying the design and operation of computing system components. In addition, students will program at the assembly language level to understand internal system functionality. Finally, students will become familiar with the machine representations of programs and data, as well as the influence of the underlying hardware system on the design of systems software such as operating systems, compilers, assemblers, and linkers and loaders.
605.202 - Data Structures is recommended.
Not for graduate credit. A course in computer organization is needed for admission to the Computer Science or Cybersecurity program. Students who lack this prerequisite can fulfill admission requirements by completing this course with a grade of B- or better.