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EE2504: ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:24

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Fabio Verdicchio

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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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.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 27 - 30, 32 - 35
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Lab report 1 (15%)

Lab report 2 (15%)

Open Book Exam (70%)



Re-sit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandKnowledge and understanding of: Boolean logic and gates; implementation of complex logic circuits; representation of integer numbers.
ConceptualUnderstandKnowledge and understanding of: flip-flops and their role in logic circuits; use of Boolean algebra, flip-flops and state encoding in the design of a Finite State Machine.
ProceduralApplyDerive transition diagrams and tables that define a Finite State Machine (FSM) with a given behaviour. Use combinatorial logic circuits and flip-flops to implement to FSM
ProceduralApplyTest the design of a digital system using a SW simulator, examples: a logic circuit implementing basic arithmetic operations; a Finite State Machine controlling the operation of a mechanical system.

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