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Unit Overview


Topics include digital systems and switching networks, Boolean algebra, logic gates, combinational logic, programmable logic devices; flip-flops, counters, shift registers; sequential logic design, state machines, function units; structured central processing unit (CPU) design; microprocessors and programming; instrumentation—sensors, actuators, digital and analogue input/output, motor drivers, shaft encoders; standard interfaces and protocols; architecture and programming of embedded processors, and hands-on experience with embedded system design.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) design and build combinational and sequential logic circuits for digital systems of moderate complexity; (2) design a CPU from digital components as a building block; (3) design and develop embedded systems including interfacing sensors and actuators; (4) design software for embedded systems; (5) identify the appropriate type of digital implementation technology for a given task, with an appreciation of its advantages and limitations; and (6) work effectively in a team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) group project; and (3) examinations. 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 Thomas Braunl
Unit rules

Course Enrolment in
the MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science major
or the MJD-ATRDM Automation and Robotics
and CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITX1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
or CITS2005 Object Oriented Programming
( CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITX1401 Computational Thinking with Python
and CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science )
ELEC1303 Digital Systems
and ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
and ELEC3020 Embedded Systems
Students commencing Engineering Science prior to 2017 and who intend to specialise in Electrical and Electronic Engineering should not take this unit as the content is covered in the MPE.
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