Core Module Information
Module title: Digital System Design

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE10113
Module leader: Jay Hoy
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering

Electronic Systems
Level 9 Electronics and Logic Design

Description of module content:

Digital system design process abstraction, information quantisation and encoding
Efficient design, test and implementation of digital functions
Synchronous and asynchronous sequential logic design
State Machine Design
Power requirements
Principles of architectural design and synthesis
Memory devices and microprocessors
High speed digital systems
System Architecture
Datapath architectures
Embedded processors, FPGAs and ASICs
System on a chip
RTL design
Systems EMC, JTAG standard, Design for Test and Testability

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: design moderately complex digital systems
LO2: design reliable digital systems
LO3: use software tools to synthesize digital systems
LO4: implement digital designs with different technologies and understand the pros and cons
LO5: design easily tested digital systems
LO6: evaluate and address system EMC issues

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jay Hoy
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Traditional lecture and tutorials delivered (all LOs) along with practical lab support for design and synthesis exercises for system simulation and implementation (LO1-4). Training on the use of software design tools will be given for digital system design and logic simulation designed to encourage active participation from everyone in the class.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
Exposure to modern design methodology and software design tools applied to practical design and implementation of digital systems enriches the skill set of the participants which in turn improves the employability of the individuals. Where possible opportunities for innovative designs and solutions will be shown to further enhance PDP and scholarship skills.

Research/ teaching linkages
The coursework assignment will require students to conduct basic research and to obtain and make sense of manufacturers’ datasheets of devices to be used in their design to further enhance learning experience.

Supporting equality and diversity
Course material will be made available in printed and downloadable electronic forms to support students with different requirements. Face-to-face lectures and tutorial sessions provide ample opportunities for interactive learning. Additional support provided by the school is also available.

Formative Assessment:
Throughout the course students are shown examples on how to break down a complex problem into smaller blocks to ease the design process. These techniques will be applied in the coursework assignment to put a system together to demonstrate design and communication skills of the student in a written report.

Summative Assessment:
Assessments are by coursework, a written report on the design and implementation of a digital system, and examination. LO1-4 will be assessed by coursework and report. LO1-6 will be assessed by examination.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 125
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1-6 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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