|Module Name||Digital Logic Design|
|ECTS Weighting||10 ECTS|
|Semester taught||Semester 1 & 2|
|Module Coordinator/s||Dr. John Waldron|
Module Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
LO1. ● State and apply the laws and standard methods of Boolean algebra to
the manipulation of logic functions
LO2. ● Analyze and design combinatorial logic functions.
LO3. ● Implement digital logic designs in hardware.
LO4. ● Conduct and describe experiments to verify the correct behaviour of a
digital logic circuit and, where necessary, locate and correct faults
LO5. ● Synchronous / Asynchronous logic
LO6. ● Flip Flops and Storage Elements
LO7. ● Algorithmic State Machines
LO8. ● Introduction Advanced Digital Logic topics
The lectures do not assume any prior knowledge of the subject, and build gradually in difficulty towards the end of the course. Starting with the theoretical foundations of logic, the students learn about combinatorial logic and synchronous logic, and how it can be used to construct logic functions that are useful in computing systems. The focus is on laying the groundwork for the hardware courses in the second year. Care is taken that the students realize the subject applies to both computer software and hardware. Laboratory experiments reinforce the concepts as well as adding variety and introducing practical elements.
Shannon’s switching algebra, Boolean functions, other logic operators, simplification of Boolean functions, Karnaugh maps, combinatorial rule, exceptions to rule, don’t care outputs & inputs, arithmetic logic, MUXes/deMUXes, decoders, programmable
logic, ROMS, PALs, PLAs.
Edge triggering, master/slave and edge-triggered flip-flops, characteristic equations, synchronous sequential logic, finite state machines, machine classes, state tables & diagrams, FSM design, state equivalence, minimization, state equations, algorithmic
state machines, ASM design, control paths, data paths, counters and sequencers, ASM design examples.
Teaching and learning Methods
The module will employ a variety of teaching and learning methods including formal lectures, large group problem solving classes and small group tutorials.
|Assessment Component||Brief Description||Learning Outcomes Addressed||% of total||Week set||Week Due|
Examination (3 hours, 100%)
Contact Hours and Indicative Student Workload
|Contact Hours (scheduled hours per student over full module), broken down by:||44 hours|
|Tutorial or seminar||11 hours|
|Independent study (outside scheduled contact hours), broken down by:||72 hours|
|Preparation for classes and review of material (including preparation for examination, if applicable||36 hours|
|completion of assessments (including examination, if applicable)||36 hours|
|Total Hours||116 hours|
Recommended Reading List
Prerequisite modules: None.
Other/alternative non-module prerequisites: none