Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Computer Science

Academics

Computer Science 220. Computer Organization and Assembly Language

A detailed look at the internal organization and logic of computers.
The programming portion of the course considers a common assembly language and how such instructions are translated to the binary instructions of a traditional 32-bit machine language. Addressing modes and stack behavior related to subroutine calls are discussed in detail.

The computer organization portion of the course discusses gates, storage circuits, the arithmetic and logic unit, fetch/execute cycles and data paths. Microcoding is discussed in detail. The question of performance, in relation to a computer’s architecture and the choices made by programmers, is a major theme throughout the course.