Module Title:Digital Techniques
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorial, laboratory exercises and demonstrations will be used. Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project bases learning
Module Aim: To give students an understanding of digital electronics and give them an appreciation of how digital sub-circuits can be combined to form an overall functioning digital system.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Classify and apply the different numbering systems and their applications in digital electronics
LO2 Describe the process of conversion of analogue data for digital transmission using different types of transmission media
LO3 Analyse digital systems schematics and test the operation of these systems
LO4 Describe the principle of operation of different microprocessors and demonstrate how these devices are interfaced to peripherals
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Numbering Systems
Numbering systems: binary, octal and hexadecimal; Demonstration of conversions between the decimal and binary, octal and hexadecimal systems and vice versa.
Data Conversion
Analogue Data, Digital Data; Operation and application of analogue to digital, and digital to analogue converters, inputs and outputs, limitations of various types.
Logic Circuits
Identification of common logic gate symbols, tables and equivalent circuits; Applications used for Aircraft Systems, schematic diagrams. Interpretation of logic diagrams.
Basic Computer Structure
Computer related terminology; Operation, layout and interface of the major components in a micro computer including their associated bus systems; Information contained in single and multiaddress instruction words; Memory associated terms; Operation of typical memory devices; Operation, advantages and disadvantages of the various data storage systems
Functions performed and overall operation of a microprocessor; Basic operation of each of the following microprocessor elements: control and processing unit, clock, register, arithmetic logic unit.
Integrated Circuits
Operation and use of encoders and decoders; Function of encoder types; Uses of medium, large and very large scale integration
Operation, application and identification in logic diagrams of multiplexers and demultiplexer.
Fibre Optics
Advantages and disadvantages of fibre optic data transmission over electrical wire propagation; Fibre optic data bus; Fibre optic related terms; Terminations; Couplers, control terminals, remote terminals; Application of fibre optics in Aircraft Systems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Students will be assigned a number of assignments as part of the assessment of this module. Students may be asked to complete assignments during tutorials or as homework 1,2,4 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete practical assignments during the course of the module. Students will be required to maintain a laboratory logbook and write a brief report on each assignment. 2,3,4 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Each student will complete two formal practical tests. 2,3,4 10.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the learning outcomes to the full extent. 1,2,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.50
Practicals Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 3 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 3 Mandatory
CW_EEPLT_D Bachelor of Science in Pilot Studies 1 Mandatory