1 x 2-hour lecture-1 weekly
3 x 1-hour lecture-2s per semester
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 2-hour practical weekly

Summer Class Contact
4 x 1-hour lectures weekly (for 5 weeks)
2 x 1-hour tutorials weekly (for 5 weeks)
2 x 2-hour practicals weekly (for 5 weeks)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of ENGR1030, ENGR1201, ENGR1205 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Year 10 Mathematics
Topic description
This topic has two components:

  1. Theory Component: digital design concepts, number systems and signed numbers, combinational logic and design; minimisation of logic expressions; hazards; sequential logic and design; finite state machines; introduction to microprocessors; PIC microcontroller programming
  2. Workshop Practice Component: bonding methods, soldering and flux, planning and designing electronic equipment, printed circuit boards and microelectronics
Educational aims
This topic aims:

  1. To provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of combinational and sequential digital logic
  2. To develop the fundamental theoretical and practical skills required to carry out the design and analysis of digital electronic circuits
  3. To introduce the elements and basic operation of a microprocessor
  4. To introduce the manufacture and processes of thick and thin film microelectronics, printed circuit boards, and surface mount packages, the processes, practice, and assessment of soldering, component mounting and other connection methods, and fire safety
  5. A deeper level of understanding, critical thinking and problem solving will be developed
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Analyse, design and construct simple digital circuits
  2. Analyse, design and construct simple finite state machines
  3. Understand the architecture of a microprocessor
  4. Write simple programs for the PIC microcontroller
  5. Understand microelectronics, printed circuit boards and surface mount technology
  6. Perform and assess electronics assembly tasks, such as soldering and wiring
  7. Understanding better the research directions in digital electronics