Synergies of Teaching Assembly and C in a Junior Microprocessors Course

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As part of an effort to update its core computer engineering courses, Boise State University has developed course material to effectively transition students in a Microprocessors course through both the assembly and C languages. It was found that teaching both languages in the same course provides benefits not found in teaching them separately. The material has been developed to promote both a thorough understanding of microprocessors, and greater productivity that allows students to do more intriguing and relevant projects. The course presents just enough C, at a very low level and in a specific topic order, to enable the students to better comprehend microprocessors and how they can control a broad range of devices. The updated Microprocessors course is currently in its fourth iteration.

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