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Postgraduate Course: Digital System Design (MSc) (PGEE10008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is lecture based and is taken by students on the MSc in Electronics 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) 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 digital logic.
  2. Understand the different types of computer: embedded, PCs, data-centres, supercomputing and be able to evaluate the design trade-offs.
  3. Discern the differences between software and hardware description languages.
  4. Evaluate processor performance: CPU time, instruction count, CPI, benchmarks, power consumption and cost effectiveness.
  5. Evaluate othe 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
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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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