Course Syllabus


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Listing by day of the week:

Monday 9am-10am --> Christopher Buss
Tuesday 10am-12pm --> Junki Hong
Wednesday 10:15am-11:30am --> Justin Goins
1pm-3pm --> Christopher Buss
Thursday 10am-11pm --> Junki Hong
Friday 9am-11am --> Christopher Buss


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Syllabus Link

Schedule Link

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NOTE: This quiz is only available to currently-registered students.

Meet the Instructor

Hi! I've previously taught a mixture of on-campus and Ecampus courses at OSU so I might have met you during previous courses or at the Ecampus Career Showcase. I first taught this class during the summer of 2011. I loved the experience and later ended up teaching the course for several years while simultaneously working on my graduate research in the field of sensor networks.

After I finished my PhD I applied as a full-time instructor at OSU and I'm delighted to be teaching again. Since my research background is in electrical & computer engineering, I have the somewhat unusual distinction that I teach classes in both fields (CS & ECE). If you are curious to learn more about me, there is a short biography available online from my time as a graduate student.

Course / Designer Introduction

  • Introduce Yourself

    Hop on over to Piazza (the link on the navigation sidebar will take you straight there) and introduce yourself!

The following consists of installation & setup tutorials for Visual Studio 2017. If you already use Visual Studio 2015, that version can also be used in this class.

If you want to use Visual Studio via Citrix, please see the bottom of this page.

Coming out of this module you should have done the following:

  • Set up Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Install and configure Kip Irvine's libraries
  • Started a new Assembly code project
  • Verified that Visual Studio is installed properly

Please also note that your Visual Studio install will need to be "Activated" with your Product Key.  You can retrieve this key at any time through the Microsoft Azure interface by looking in "All Services --> Other --> Education --> Software" and clicking on the Visual Studio product.

Installation on PC

  • Get Set Part 1

    The process to obtain Visual Studio has recently changed. The software is now available through the Microsoft Azure program.
    To get started, visit and log in using a Microsoft account. Ironically, Microsoft requires that you log in with a non-OSU email (if you have an existing account you can use it) and then verify your OSU email to obtain access. Once you are logged in, the main portal should look similar to the following:
    Home screen of Microsoft Azure

    In order to access the Visual Studio download, go to "All Services" --> "Other" --> "Education".
    Azure Education Portal

    Once you are in the Education section, locate "Visual Studio Enterprise 2017" (in the Software sub-section). You can then view your assigned license key and download the software.
    Azure Education Software

    When you install Visual Studio you will be asked to select your intended workload (e.g. how do you plan to use Visual Studio). You should select "Desktop  development with C++" as that is the best option for our purposes. I suggest installing either the 2017 or the 2019 versions. Visual Studio 2010 is shown in some class videos but the newer versions of Visual Studio have better compatibility with Windows 10.


  • Get Set Part 2

    In this video, Stephen Redfield explains how to install and configure the libraries provided by the textbook's author.
    Note that the textbook website now contains updated libraries for Visual Studio 2017 so you can follow that tutorial directly (view the video for clarification).

  • Get Set Part 3

    This last video shows how to start a new Assembly code project and verify that Visual Studio is installed properly.

Using Citrix (not required)

Citrix is a software product that allows you to access programs on a remote computer as if you were sitting at the desktop. Personally, I generally recommend that students install Visual Studio on their local computer, rather than using Citrix. However, if you want to try it, you should be able to access Visual Studio on our OSU Citrix Servers as follows:

On Citrix, choose the “Desktop” choice at the top (or bottom?) of the screen after you are logged in and then the “MIME EECS Desktops” choice. This will create a session as if you were logged on to an on-campus lab computer.  In the Citrix session, download the updated zip file here and extract it to


You will have to make this folder (it does not exist by default). All your projects should live in this directory, since in order to execute code on Citrix the executable should be in the bin folder or a subdirectory thereof. Also note that you need "execute" permissions in the 'bin' folder, which may or may not be set by default. If you are having trouble with this folder they can create/reset it here.

NOTE 1: You do not have to download/install the Irvine .msi file if you use the Citrix machine (in fact it won't let you). But you will have to transfer it from the network drive V:\Irvine (which should be mapped to "\\stak\\" to the network drive Z:\Irvine and update the project properties.  Once you get to the point where you're opening a project, do the following:

  1. Open the Project.sln from "Z:\bin\CS271\Project32_VS2015 " after you've extracted it to this location (one of the videos shows you this).
  2. Select Project (from the top menu) -> Project Properties
  3. In the project properties window select "Linker"
  4. On the right you should see "Additional Library Directories:" and c:\Irvine part of the listing here
  5. Change c:\Irvine to Z:\Irvine
  6. Now select "Microsoft Macro Assembler" from the same part you selected "Linker"
  7. Under "Include Paths" change c:\Irvine to Z:\Irvine
  8. File->Save All
  9. Close Visual Studio, and re-open Project.sln from the same directory.

NOTE 2: Be aware that the files will NOT reside on your home computer, and if you want them on your computer/laptop you'll have to transfer them using an SFTP utility.

Other Resources

  • Syntax Highlighting

    By default, Visual Studio does not include syntax highlighting for Assembly code. This can sometimes make it more difficult to read your source code.

    • For Visual Studio 2015 and later, you may use this AsmHighlighter.
    • You may also use an external editor (such as Notepad++, which is great for MASM), then compile/run within Visual Studio (this is what I do).

NOTE: Some links on this page may only be accessible to registered students.

Course Summary:

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