Computer Organization and Architecture

Meeting Times
  • Weekdays 8:00–9:50am (Grinnell time)
Office Hours
  • Wednesday, 10–11am (Grinnell time)
  • Thursday, 10–11am (Grinnell time)
  • Yilan Dong
Mentor Office Hours
  • Tuesday, 4–5pm (Grinnell time)
  • Sunday, 7:30–8:30pm (Grinnell time)

About this course

Welcome to CSC 211, Computer Organization and Architecture. In this course, we will address questions such as the following:

  • How does a computer actually work?
  • How do we use electricty to perform abstract tasks like adding and storing numbers?
  • What happens when a computer executes a program?
  • How do languages and hardware work together?
  • How can we make computers faster?

By the end of this class, you will be able to:

  • design and construct digital logic circuits
  • write programs in assembly language
  • identify the main components in a computer and explain how they work
  • understand hardware design issues and how they affect performance