Digital Systems Design

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Autumn Special
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
29 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGH610DA Electronic Engineering

Module description

This module will teach students the basics of digital system design at gate level and how complex designs can be constructed from basic components using combinational and sequential logic as appropriate. Students will use various types of digital systems using gate level building blocks.

Module aims

This module aims to teach students the basics of digital system design at gate level and how complex designs can be constructed from basic components.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the building blocks of complex digital systems such as registers, counters and memory
2. Describe the implementation technologies used in various types of digital systems
3. Design digital systems building blocks at gate level
4. Design systems using combinational and sequential logic as appropriate and showing an appreciation of timing issues

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Introduction to digital systems design
. Combinational circuit design
. Sequential circuit design
. Design of control and sequencing logic
. Digital system timing
. Implementation technologies for digital systems

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Labs and Classes


  • Floyd, Thomas L. (2013) Digital Fundamentals, Boston: Pearson.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Lab competence Test - Wk 4 20%
Coursework Progress Test - Wk 8 20%
Coursework Formally Graded Logbook 10%
Coursework Design Report 17/01/2020 50%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Steve Sangwine
CSEE School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 50 hours, 9 (18%) hours available to students:
41 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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