Assignment 2: MARIE and ISA solution


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Question 1:

A digital computer has a memory unit with 16 bits per word. The instruction set consists of 122 different operations. All instructions have an operation code part (opcode) and an address part (allowing for only one address). Each instruction is stored in one word of memory. [10 marks]

How many bits are needed for the opcode?
How many bits are left for the address part of the instruction?
What is the maximum allowable size for memory?
What is the largest unsigned binary number that can be accommodated in one word of memory?

Question 2:

Consider an instruction Add 1000. Memory contents, Accumulator (AC), and R1 Register contents are depicted in the below figure: (such as memory address 1000 contains a value 1400, memory address 1100 contains a value 400 etc. All the numbers used here are decimals.) [8 marks]

Assuming R1 is implied in the indexed addressing mode, determine the actual value loaded into the accumulator (AC) using the following addressing modes:


Question 3:

More registers appears to be a good thing, in terms of reducing the total number of memory accesses a program might require. Using the arithmetic expression S = (A+B)-(C+D), support this statement. [Hints: First, determine the number of memory accesses necessary using MARIE and the two registers for holding memory data values (AC and MBR). Then perform the same arithmetic computation for a processor that has more than three registers (for example, R1, R2, R3, R4) to hold memory data values.] [6 marks]

Question 4:

Assemble the MARIE program below. [6 marks]

Hex Address Label Instruction

100 Start LOAD A

101 ADD B




105 ADDI D


107 HALT

108 A, HEX 00FC

109 B, DEC 14

10A C, HEX 0108

10B D, HEX 0000

a) List the hexadecimal code for each instruction [2 marks]

b) Draw the symbol table [2 marks]

c) What is the value stored in the AC when the program terminates? [2 marks]


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This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

be able to investigate the internal operation of the Central Processing Unit (CPU) and describe how it is used to execute instructions.
be able to investigate and describe in detail the essential elements of computer organisation including internal bus, memory, Input/Output ( I/O) organisations and interfacing standards and discuss how these elements function.
This assessment task covers topics on CPU operation and Instruction Set Architecture, and has been designed to ensure that you are engaging with the subject content on a regular basis.

Marking criteria and standards

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HD (85%-100%)
DI (75%-84%)
CR (65%-74%)
PS (50%-64%)
FL (0%-49%)
Correct Calculation in Q1 and Q2
Answers are correct and clearly show the calculations
Answers are correct, an omission of few calculations.
Answers are correct, an omission of many calculations.
Student demonstrates the understanding, however, the calculations are incorrect.
Incorrect answer with no demonstration of understanding the topic.
Correct steps in assembly code in Q3
Assembly Program is correct and clearly show the steps
Assembly Program is correct, an omission of few steps
Assembly Program is correct, an omission of many steps
Student demonstrate the understanding in writing assembly program related to each architecture, however, the steps are incorrect.
Incorrect program with no demonstration of understanding the topic.
Correct Answer in Q4
Answers are correct in a, b, and c
Answers are correct, omission of one of three branches
Answers are correct, an omission of two of three branches
Student demonstrates the understanding, however, the results in 3 branches are incorrect.
Incorrect program with no demonstration of understanding the topic.

Total marks available = 5 marks ·

Subtract the marks are set in marking criteria for each incorrect or missing instruction value in the code assembly;

Subtract 1 mark for each incorrect or missing symbol;
Answers are incorrect


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Please also adhere to the following formatting rules:

1. Please compose the answers in a document file (doc or docx format). Please do not submit in pdf formats. Please upload the document in the TURNITIN within the deadline.

2. You may put the mas file and document file in a folder, compress the folder and upload the compressed file to the TURNITIN. You may also upload the two files separately.

3. The first page (cover page) of the document file should have the following information clearly mentioned:

a. Your full name
b. Your Student ID
c. Subject Code (ITC544)
d. Assessment item number and name (Assignment 2: MARIE & ISA)

4. Each page should have page numbers in “page x of y” format (including the cover page).

5. You DO NOT need to provide any references for any of the questions.