• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Nicolo Malagutti
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of digital systems and microprocessors. Review of combinational logic analysis and design. Systematic design methods. Analysis and design of synchronous sequential machines. Computer aided design and programming of digital electronic circuits using VHDL hardware description language and FPGA programmable logic devices. Microprocessor and microcomputer architecture. Microprocessor devices, their architecture and instruction sets. Hardware aspects of instruction execution. Assembler and C programming. Input/output, bus interfacing, interrupts. Co-design of digital hardware and microprocessor systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Course Outcomes:

  • Use top-down design to translate system requirements into a practical digital design.
  • Design complex digital systems through finite state machines and the register transfer level technique and implement these in programmable logic.
  • Learn fixed point DSP.
  • Learn how to program in C and VERILOG HDL.
  • Learn to use ISE WebPACK to realise complex digital designs in FPGAs.
  • Learn about and use free and open source design software.
  • Learn practical electronics testbench skills and the ability to communicate appropriately via a lab notebook.
  • Learn to build and use microprocessors

Indicative Assessment

Assessment (10%); Midterm Exam (20%); Labs (30%); Exam and Project (40%)

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Twenty one lectures plus three hours of labs per week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering 7710 or 7709 or 7711

Prescribed Texts

Reading Material

  • Text book - John F Wakerly (Digital Design, Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall) - available now in the book shop.
  • There is a reading brick from 2008.

There are a number of other texts:

  • Vahid and Lysecky (Verilog for Digital Design, Wiley): good for RTL verilog.
  • Milos Ercegovac (Introduction to Digital Systems, Wiley. Chs 13-15) good for RTL design but all in VHDL and
  • Furber (ARM SoC Architecture, Addison-Wesley): background reading for later on in the course.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge in the area of electronics and communications


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $2088
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2190
2007 $2088
2006 $2088
2005 $2088
2004 $2088
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3750
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3903 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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