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Unit Overview


This unit introduces the fundamental concepts underpinning the design and analysis of modern digital systems. Topics covered include: design process abstractions and realisation technologies; introduction to hardware description language; Boolean Algebra, combinational logic, minimisation, NAND/NOR implementations, multi-level gate networks, standard combinational components and programmable logic devices; sequential logic, latches, flip-flops, registers, counters, finite-state machines; analysis, synthesis and optimization of clocked sequential circuits; timing diagrams, hazards, maximum frequency of operation, metastability; microprocessor based systems, instruction sets, and assembly programming.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Software Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) explain digital encoding and processing of information and discuss the associated benefits and limitations of digital design process abstractions; (2) simulate, analyse, optimize, and construct combinational and sequential logic circuits; (3) select the appropriate modern realization technologies and synthesis techniques for the implementation of a given digital system; (4) describe the architecture and operation of a microprocessor based system; (5) analyse, explain and write small assembly programs ; and (6) work effectively as part of a team and communicate results in a concise technical report.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class tests/ quizzes; (2) labs; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Farid Boussaid
Unit rules
ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week
Practical Classes: 2 hours per week
Laboratories: 15 hrs per semester
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