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Spring 2015
1240 CS, 11:00 AM-11:50 AM, MWF. Instructor: Karu Sankaralingam; Email:; Office hours: 11:50 to 1:00 PM M,W,F
TAs: Annie Lin, Kai Zhao, William Galliher
Course URL:
Announcements/Questions: Piazza

Arthur C. Clarke wrote, Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Do computers seem like magic to you? Would you like to understand how they really work?

Introduction to Computer Engineering (CS/ECE 252) is a two-credit course that surveys the basics of computer hardware and low-level software. You will learn, for example:

  • How the marvel of electronics--the transistor--gets used and interconnected to form computer hardware.
  • How a microprocessor does little more than simple commands (e.g., add two numbers), but does them rapidly -- more than a billion times per second.
  • How treating computer programs like data enables the rich computer systems that we all use.
  • How smartphones and the "cloud" works

CS/ECE 252 is available to all students at UW and is especially encouraged for freshman considering majors in computer sciences or engineering. Nevertheless, some computer programming experience (in any language) is helpful. Thus, students without programming experience may wish to first take CS 302 (Introduction to Programming).

This webpage is for section 2 only

The required text is:

Daniel Ross, Karthikeyan Sankaralingam, and Raghuraman Balasubramanian
Discovering Computer Science
Online at
Online and Open Source Textbook
This Section will be modeled after Prof. Sankaralingam's Spring 2012 offering, Prof. Guri Sohi's Fall 2011 offering and Prof. Mark Hill's Fall 2009.

Catalog Description 2 cr. Logic components built with transistors, rudimentary Boolean algebra, basic combinational logic design, basic synchronous sequential logic design, basic computer organization and design, introductory machine-and assembly-language programming.

CS/ECE 252 is required for majors in Computer Engineering and Computer Sciences and is a prerequisite to both CS/ECE 352 (Digital System Fundamentals and CS/ECE 354 (Machine Organization and Programming).

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