• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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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:

1.  Design combinational and sequential logic hardware using schematics and Verilog HDL. Follow an appropriate workflow for digital system design tasks and their implementation in programmable logic.
2.  Analyse and design complex digital systems through the Finite State Machine and Register-Transfer-Level frameworks.
3.   Demonstrate a solid understanding of basic C and Assembly programming languages in an embedded programming context.
4.  Describe the architecture, programming  and use of microprocessors and FPGAs, and distinguish appropriate areas of application for each technology.
5.  Adopt a top-down design approach to deconstruct a design goal and translate system requirements into a practical design.
6.   Plan, execute and report on a project working in a group.
7.  Use a number of commercial and open-source softwares: ISE WebPACK, ICARUS Verilog, GTKwave, Atmel Studio.
8.  Demonstrate practical electronics testbench skills and use a development board.
9.  Interpret schematics and datasheets.
10.  Communicate effectively in written form about their work.

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.

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.  

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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
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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
2289 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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