I teach Computer Systems and Assembly language using fill-in-the-blank worksheets that I’ve designed, rather than from slides. Research has shown that students who manually write out notes are more likely to retain information presented in class over students who type notes. Having these worksheets allows students to handwrite notes and follow along in class, without getting overwhelmed with feeling like they need to write everything. I include examples for students to work out both during lecture with their classmates, and outside of class.
history of computing, computing levels of abstraction
Integer Numbering Systems
unary, grouping, positional, decimal, octal, hexadecimal, binary
MOSFET transistors, PMOS, NMOS, inverter, and, or, nand, nor, xor, xnor, Venn diagrams
boolean identities, DeMorgan’s Law
SR latch, active high, active low, D latch, D flip flop
signed numbers, sign magnitude, two’s complement, bias / excess notation, floating point, fixed point
Arithmetic and Logical Operations
carry out, overflow, bitwise, reduction, shifts, rotate
Von Neumann Model
Von Neumann Architecture, processing unit, control unit, input, output, memory, address space, addressibility
general purpose registers, assembler directives, data directives, labels, instruction format, instruction types, operate instructions, data movement (loads and stores), control flow instructions, little endian, big endian, memory alignment, pseudo instructions, instruction encoding
Memory Representation in MARS
MARS memory representation
register direct, immediate, register indirect, base + offset (displacement), PC relative, pseudo direct
I designed this fill-in-the-blank study guide as a midterm review. It covers topics including numbering systems, logic gates, CMOS circuits, binary, Boolean logic and algebra, negative number representation, sequential logic, memory, addressability, and MIPS.
This is a living Google document. The most up-to-date version can be found here.