• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Information Technology, Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • 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 analysis and design. Analysis and design of synchronous finite state machines and register transfer level systems. Computer aided design and programming of digital electronic circuits through the application of several modern software packages. A detailed introduction to VERILOG hardware description language. Extensive hardware labs involving the implementation of complex digital systems in FPGA programmable logic devices. Microprocessor devices, their architecture and instruction sets. Hardware aspects of instruction execution. Assembly language 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.
Analyse and design complex digital systems through the Finite State Machine and Register-Transfer-Level frameworks.
 Demonstrate a solid understanding of basic C and Assembly programming languages in an embedded programming context.
Describe the architecture, programming  and use of microprocessors and FPGAs, and distinguish appropriate areas of application for each technology.
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.
Use a number of commercial and open-source softwares: ISE WebPACK, ICARUS Verilog, GTKwave, Atmel Studio.
Demonstrate practical electronics testbench skills and use a development board.
Interpret schematics and datasheets.
Communicate effectively in written form about their work.

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN2218 or COMP2300.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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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
1947 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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