TR 2:00-3:15pm, Location: 60 Fifth Ave C10
W 8:00-9:15am, Location: CIWW 312
(OH: F 3-4pm, 60FA, RM-402)
Recitation Leader/Grader
Conrad Christensen
(OH: M 12:30-1:30pm, 60FA RM-406)
Lamont Nelson
(OH: R 4-5pm 60FA RM-402)

Course information

This course aims to give students an understanding of what's "under the hood" in a modern computer system. Take this class to boost your confidence on a computer and to understand how everything works like never before! We'll cover basic topics including how machines represent and execute programs, how user program interact with the OS, as well as advanced topics including how to write networked and concurrent programs. These topics are supported by a series of challenging lab assignments in C.

Prerequisites: You need to be comfortable with programming (e.g. in Java) and the UNIX environment.


  • (Recommended) Computer Systems -- A programmer's perspective, 3rd ed. Randal Bryant and David O'Hallaron. Available for purchase from NYU bookstore.
  • (Recommended) The C programming language, 2nd ed. Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis M. Ritchie
  • Available for purchase from NYU bookstore. Also on permanent reserve at Courant library.