Postgraduate Course: Digital System Design (MSc) (PGEE10008)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is lecture based and is taken by all students taking the MSc in Electronics in Semester 2. It comprises one 20 lecture module. The course aims to present the principles of design re-use in the context of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology. The design and selection of soft, firm, and hard IP blocks are considered. Emerging design practices and standards are reviewed. Two target technologies are addressed: deep-submicron ASICs and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Assessment will be based on a single written paper of 90 minutes duration.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand digital logic.
- Understand the different types of computer: embedded, PCs, data-centres, supercomputing and be able to evaluate the design trade-offs.
- Discern the differences between software and hardware description languages.
- Evaluate processor performance: CPU time, instruction count, CPI, benchmarks, power consumption and cost effectiveness.
- Evaluate othe performance improvements from parallel computing architectures.
"Computer Organization and Design: The Hardware/Software Interface", D.A. Patterson and J.L. Hennesey, 5th Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2013
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Stewart Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7471
|Course secretary||Mrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079