ENGEE233-19A (HAM)

Digital Systems

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This 15pt paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.

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Paper Structure

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The paper consists of lectures and laboratories. All lectures are taught by Drs Nelson and Kumar (Computer Science). Six laboratories are to be completed, five in the Electronics Laboratory C1.04 and one in Computer Science.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of their visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Staff are formally required to monitor attendance at / submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to the International Centre in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • design circuits with microprocessor/FPGA subsystems
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  • identify the principal components of a RISC microprocessor
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  • specify, optimize and implement a finite state machine
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratories
  • Hand-in: In Lab
2. Assignment 1
29 Apr 2019
5:00 PM
3. Assignment 2
31 May 2019
5:00 PM
4. Quizzes
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. In-class Test
6. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Mano, M. M. and Ciletti, M. D., Digital Design: With an Introduction to the Verilog HDL, 5th edn., Prentice Hall, 2012. (4th Edn. is also acceptable.)

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Online Support

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A Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) will operate for this paper. Lecture notes and assignments will be posted on Moodle. Other materials may be posted on Moodle. Some of the computer exercises and assignments will be required to be submitted via Moodle.

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3h lectures per week, six 3h laboratories for a total of 54 contact hours. A further 6h per week are allowed for personal study, assignments and quizzes and 3 days of study for the exam. With the exam that totals 153h.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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ENGEE233 is a specified paper in the BE electronics programme.

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Prerequisites: (ENGEN111 or ENEL111) and (ENGEN103 or ENGG182 or COMP104 or COMPX102)




Restricted papers: ENEL212

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