Digital Systems Design

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


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BENGGH46 Computers with Electronics (Including Foundation Year),
BENGGH4P Computers with Electronics,
BENGGH4Q Computers with Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI1H6 Computers with Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering,
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year)

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)
Exam 120 minutes during Autumn Special (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
Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Senior Lecturer
Dr Xu Wang
Heriot-Watt University
Associate Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 52 hours, 11 (21.2%) 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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