Module Title:Digital Electronic Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: (a) A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorials, practicals and demonstrations will be used. (b) Particular emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem/project based learning
Module Aim: To introduce students to the fundamentals of digital electronic systems and microprocessor hardware
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the operation of, and analyze using Boolean algebra techniques, combinational and sequential components and circuits
LO2 Explain the operation of a microprocessor-based system including operation of bus, memory and input/output.
LO3 Design and implement significant combinatorial digital circuits using conventional gates and logic components.
LO4 Analyse a problem scenario leading to the design and implementation of a digital logic based solution using appropriate techniques.
LO5 Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a group, undertaking personal, administrative and organisational activities associated with an efficient team.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
“Introduction to Electronics” (section 9.1.1) or equivalent; “Principles of Electricity” (section 9.1.2) or equivalent; “Mathematics 1” (section 0.1.5 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Logic Gates
CMOS and TTL logic gates. Gate minimization using Karnaugh maps and Boolean Algebra
Number Systems
Numbers Systems including 2's complement, floating point.
Bi Stable, Astable and monostable Multivibrators at gate level and using a 555 timer
Sequential logic design
Sequential logic - counters, state machines etc
Assembly code
Introduction to assembly code instructions.
Semiconductor memory
Embedded C
Introduction to Embedded C for microcontrollers.
Timing Considerations
Static Timing analysis for small gate level designs.
Microprocessor architecture
Memory Addressing
Memory Addressing
Semiconductor memory
LCD, CRT and Plasma technologies
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
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 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 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. A project based learning approach will be used; hence some assignments may take several weeks to complete. 1,3,4 10.00 n/a
Practical/Skills Evaluation Each student will complete two formal practical tests. A mark of up to 5% of the overall mark will be assigned for each test. 1,3 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 1,2,3 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Practicals Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Every Week 1.00
Total Hours 5.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Systems 3 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 3 Mandatory