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EE2504: ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

Electronics systems are discussed from basic concepts of digital logic to highlights of embedded microcontrollers. The journey begins with the elementary building blocks of Boolean algebra (logic gates and flip-flops) that are used to design combinatorial/sequential logic circuits, e.g. implementing a simple calculator or a temperature control circuit. The design of complex system is addressed introducing embedded microcontrollers, discussing their core components (e.g. timers, memory) and required programming operations.

Hands-on lab sessions (and relative assignments) include software-based simulations and hardware implementation of systems that allow students to test and deepen their understanding of the subject.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Fabio Verdicchio

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EE1501 Electronics Design (Passed) or EF1008 Principles of Electronics (Passed) or EF1501 Electronics Design (Passed) or EG1008 Principles of Electronics (Passed) or EG1501 Electronics Design (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG2504 Electronic Systems (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Topics include:

  • Review of digital electronics: comparison of digital and analogue systems.
  • Boolean algebra and digital logic; Design of digital logic applications in an engineering context.
  • Sequential logic: Finite State Machine (FSM); Examples of FSM for engineering applications.
  • Basic architecture of programmable systems; Microcontrollers and embedded systems;
  • Review of software and hardware components in real-world embedded systems.

Further Information & Notes

A-level or Advanced Higher Physics are alternative pre-requisites.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One written examination of two-hours duration (80%), continuous assessment based on the tutorials and laboratory /design exercises (20%). A minimum of CAS 6 will be required in each of these components.

Resit: One written examination of three-hours duration (100%).

Formative Assessment

The course will include opportunities to assess individual progress with the concepts and material being delivered. Feedback will be given over the course of the lab exercises as to the presentation and content of the submissions.


Marked submissions (typically via MyAberdeen) will be returned to the students promptly, including feedback on the laboratory exercises. Whole-class feedback and solutions to past assignment or exams are provided via MyAberdeen.

Course Learning Outcomes


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