• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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 2020
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This course introduces advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of digital circuits and embedded systems. Digital systems and embedded systems are at the heart of almost all modern mechatronics and electronics technologies, ranging from smartphones to autonomous vehicle technologies. This course will first focus on sequential logic circuits, also called finite-state-machine, by utilising field-programmable-gate-array boards and a hardware-description language. The second focus will be on embedded system design using a microprocessor and programming. Through the term projects, students will design working embedded systems, then critically analyse and evaluate the erformance of the systems. The course will also develop advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills to solve complex design problems.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of sequential digital circuits and finite state machines.
  2. Compare and describe the architecture and fundamental concepts of modern embedded microprocessor systems.
  3. Design complex digital systems using schematics and Verilog HDL, and implement these on commercial-grade field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development boards.
  4. Design an embedded system using C/C++ programming and microcontroller boards.
  5. Analyse critically, and evaluate the performance of systems against the design requirements.
  6. Plan, execute and report on a small project working in a group, communicating effectively in written form about their work.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Practical labs (17) [LO 3,4,5]
  2. Assignment project (FPGA) (20) [LO 3,5,6]
  3. C programming quiz (5) [LO 4]
  4. In-lab assessment (15) [LO 4,5]
  5. Final exam (40) [LO 1,2,5]

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2 lectures per week (total 3 hrs) for 4 semester weeks and 1 lecture per week (total 2 hours) for 8 semester weeks; 1x practical labs a week for 8 semester weeks (5x3hr labs and 3x3.5hr labs); 1x2hr tutorial per week for 4 semester weeks; plus an average of 6-8 hours/week on reading, working on online course activities and/or conducting assignment work

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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”, 5th 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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
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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
2559 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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