Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for CIS -D21JA-62Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Clare Nguyen
Office Hours M-Th, check green sheet
Office Location F51-O
Office Phone 408-864-8461
A Message from your Instructor

Welcome to the De Anza College Distance Learning Center and to the Intro to 8086/IA32 Processor Assembly Language course. I am Clare Nguyen, your instructor. I look forward to working with you in this class.

Student Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Understand assembly language concepts and terminology
  • Create, use, and understand data types, formats, number systems used in assembly language
  • Increase knowledge of microcomputer architecture, X86-based processors, and operating systems
  • Write, link, run, test, and debug programs written in X86 assembly language

    Required technology and course material

    To access class material, participate in discussions, and complete lab assignments, you will need:

  • Access to a computer with the Windows operating system
  • Access to the Internet
  • An email address
  • The textbook Assembly for x86 Processors, 6th edition, by Kip Irvine
  • Microsoft Visual .NET 2010 Express with MASM 8.0, which is a free download from Microsoft

    Detailed instructions on downloading, installing, and setting up the Microsoft IDE with MASM will be given at the start of the course.


    To prepare for this class, you need to have completed an intermediate level programming course in a high level language, preferably in C.
    At De Anza College, this course is CIS 15BG.


  • There are 3 exams in the quarter: 2 midterm exams and 1 final exam. The exams are on-campus and you will need to show a picture ID before taking the exam.
  • This online section runs in parallel with a hybrid section, where students meet for a limited time on campus. You are welcome to attend any meeting time of the hybrid section if you have questions or want to participate in the discussion in person. The meeting times are every Monday and Wednesday, 11:30 am-12:45 pm in the MLC-270 classroom.

    More detailed information about the class can be found in the class green sheet.

    Questions or comments, send me an email at

  • Hours of Study
    Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
    How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the Online Orientation and submit the Student Information Form at the end.
  • Obtain the required course materials.
  • This course is offered in Catalyst. Go to Bookmark this page, then follow the instructions logging into the class.. NOTE: You will not be able to login to Catalyst until the first day of the quarter. For late adds, it will take up to one day after you register for your account to be created.
  • Once you've logged in to Catalyst, read the "Getting Started" document on the class web site and do the quiz at the end of the document
  • Consult the class calendar on the class page in Catalyst and start your Week 1 reading and assignment

  • Online Education
    Building: MLC 210

    Phone: 408.864.8969
    M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
    F: 9:00a-4:00p


    Last Updated: 1/27/16