ENG06071 2019 Digital Electronics

General Details

Full Title
Digital Electronics
Transcript Title
Digital Electronics
N/A %
Subject Area
ENG - Engineering
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Fergal Henry, Sean Mullery, Eva Murphy
Programme Membership
SG_EELCO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EELEC_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronics and Self Driving Technologies SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the world of digital electronics. It is written in such a way as to give the student a good foundation to build upon as they continue in their chosen studies. The theoretical aspects of the module will be supported by practical laboratory sessions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Understand what is meant by digital signals. 


Perform Simple Operations in Binary, Hexadecimal and BCD


Discern between different logic gates, including but not limited to AND, NAND, OR , NOR, XOR. 


Simplification of Combinational Logic


Describe the operation of basic flip-flops and their applications. 


Write up lab reports on practical exercises completed in the lab. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A 2-hour lecture will be provided weekly. The material for the weekly lecture will be made available beforehand, to allow students to prepare as necessary.  Where relevant, further reading will be made available post-lecture.

A 2-hour lab session will be provided weekly. The intent is for the student to put into practice the theory gained during the weekly lecture. 

Module Assessment Strategies

An end of semester written exam, a midterm and lab assignments will be given to assess the module.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat exam during the Autumn sitting will be made available. 

In addition, an opportunity to submit repeat assessment work will be available for the Autumn sitting. 

Indicative Syllabus

Analog vs. Digital Signals

Understanding a Digital Waveform

Number Systems, Operations and Codes

Logic Gates & Truth Tables - AND, OR, NOR, NAND, XOR

Boolean Algebra, DeMorgan's Theorems; Minimisation using Karnaugh maps 

Combinational Logic, truth tables and circuits

Sequential Logic – S-R and J-K flip-flops

Asynchronous and Synchronous Counters

Basic Shift Register Functions

A/D and D/A Converters

Digital Circuits, for example, 7-segment display; comparator, position encoder; etc

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Lab-Based Exercises Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Midterm Exam Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 20 % Week 7 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Practical Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-12-15 Digital Fundamentals, Global Edition
ISBN 1292075988 ISBN-13 9781292075983

For courses in digital circuits, digital systems (including design and analysis), digital fundamentals, digital logic, and introduction to computers Digital Fundamentals, Eleventh Edition, continues its long and respected tradition of offering students a strong foundation in the core fundamentals of digital technology, providing basic concepts reinforced by plentiful illustrations, examples, exercises, and applications. The text's teaching and learning resources include an Instructor's Manual, PowerPoint lecture slides, and Test Bank, as well as study resources for students. Teaching and Learning Experience: * Provides a strong foundation in the core fundamentals of digital technology. * Covers basic concepts reinforced by plentiful illustrations, examples, exercises, and applications. * Offers a full-color design, effective chapter organization, and clear writing that help students grasp complex concepts.

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