• 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 2021
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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:

  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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Workload

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”, 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).

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2454 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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