• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jonghyuk Kim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of digital systems and microprocessors. Key topics follow. Review of combinational logic analysis and design. Analysis and design of synchronous finite state machines and register transfer level systems. Computer-aided design of digital electronic systems using real-world software packages. A detailed introduction to the VERILOG hardware description language. Extensive hardware labs involving the implementation of digital systems in FPGA programmable logic devices. Microprocessor devices, basic architecture principles and instruction sets. Hardware interpretation of instruction execution. Basics of the Assembly language and introductory C programming. Co-design of digital hardware and microprocessor systems. Simple embedded programming applied to the AVR microcontroller architecture.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
  1. Design combinational and sequential logic hardware using schematics and Verilog HDL. Follow an appropriate workflow for the design of digital systems 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 core microprocessor architecture and its relationship with the assembly language. 
  4. Write simple embedded C programs to operate a real-world microcontroller and develop solutions based on microcontroller technology to address simple engineering problems.
  5. Describe the architecture, programming  and use of microprocessors and FPGAs, distinguish appropriate areas of application for each, and recognise the potential of co-designed systems combining both technologies.
  6. Adopt a top-down design approach to deconstruct a design goal and translate system requirements into a practical design.
  7. Plan, execute and report on a project working in a group.
  8. Use a number of commercial and open-source softwares: ISE WebPACK, ICARUS Verilog, GTKwave, Atmel Studio.
  9. Demonstrate practical electronics testbench skills and use a development board.
  10. Interpret schematics and datasheets.
  11. Communicate effectively in written form about their work.

Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practical Labs: 15%,
  2. Assignment (project) 1: 20%,
  3. Assignment 2: 15%,
  4. C Programming primer: 5%,
  5. Final exam: 45%

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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. Incompatible with ENGN3213.

Prescribed Texts

  • J. F. Wakerly, “Digital Design, Principles and Practices”, 4th edition, Pearson/Prentice Hall
Other texts will be used. These will be made available to students via the course portal.

Assumed Knowledge

Previous experience with programming languages is desirable but not essential. It should be noted that students who have no electrical engineering background may need to undertake some independent review of introductory electrical knowledge such as basic physics and circuit theory. Basic electrical technology and analog electronics concepts will be assumed. Students should be capable of solving 1st order differential equations (e.g., resolving RC circuits).



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
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
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
3038 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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