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Undergraduate Course: Digital System Design 4 (ELEE10007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is lecture based and is taken by students in the forth year of electronics and electrical engineering degrees in Semester 2. It comprises one 22 lecture module with 8 tutorials. It is assessed 100% by examination. The course covers: Computer Architecture ( from a hardware perspective); Components of Computers; Microprocessor Design; and Parallel Computing Architectures
Course description Typically two lectures per week with subjects covered in 1-3 lectures. 1-2 guest lectures on active research activity will be planned with topics to be determined. Main assessment by examination and feedback opportunities will include submission of example exam questions adapted from a previous version of the course.
Main Topics (subject to revision):
1. Transducer Basics: Sensors and Actuators
2. Metrology - Measurement in detail
3. Sensor Amplification: Revision of op-amps and basic circuits
4. Instrumentation for Electrochemistry: Potentiostats, impedance measurements, bridge circuits
5. Temperature measurement techniques
6. Microelectromechanical sensor (MEMS) instrumentation: Strain gauges, piezoelectric sensors and actuators, capacitive sensor interfaces
7. FET based sensors: MOSFET revision, FET based biological and chemical sensors, nano-wire sensors.
8. Overview of optical sensors: Fibre-optic sensors, fluorescence, photonic sensors
9. Neural sensors and actuators: Microelectrode arrays, neural interfaces
10. Implantable medical devices: Biofouling, materials and regulation
11. Wireless sensor interfaces: Sensor networks and wireless power
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Digital System Design 2 (ELEE08015) AND Digital System Design 3 (ELEE09024) OR Digital System Design and Digital Systems Laboratory 3 (ELEE09035)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Computer Architecture (INFR09009) OR Computer Architecture and Design (INFR10076)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should be familiar with combinational and sequential logic circuit design, understand and be able to design state machines. They should also understand datapaths and be familiar with the associated arithmetic circuits.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 2 hour Examination, Questions: 1 in Section A (20 marks), 2 from 3 in Section B (20 marks each), 60 marks total.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand different types of computer and evaluate processor performance in terms of: CPU time, instruction count, CPI, benchmarks, power consumption and cost effectiveness.
  2. Understand the Instruction Set Architecture and MIPS assembly language.
  3. Understand the processor architecture, datapath, and hazards, and discern the differences between the single-cycle datapath and pipelined datapath.
  4. Understand the organisation of memory and caches, including virtual memory systems
  5. Evaluate the performance improvements from parallel computing architectures.
Reading List

Computer Organization and Design RISC-V Edition
David Patterson, John Hennessy
2nd Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2020
ISBN: 9780128203316
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Chang Liu
Tel: (0131 6)50 2563
Course secretaryMs Brunori Viola
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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