ENGEE233-22A (HAM)

Digital Electronics and Microprocessors

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This 15pt paper provides students with an introduction to digital electronics and microprocessors. It covers combinatorial and sequential logic, hardware description languages, and processor architecture and construction.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/

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Paper Structure

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The paper consists of lectures and laboratories. All lectures are taught by Dr Nelson (Computer Science). Six laboratories are to be completed, three in the Electronics Laboratory C1.04 and three as online coding exercises.

Important Note for International Students: For international students in New Zealand under student visas, regular attendance is part of their visa obligation and is checked as a requirement on the University under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, to which the University is a signatory. Staff are formally required to monitor attendance at / submission of compulsory assessment events/items and to report to the International Centre in the event that any problem with irregular attendance or non-submission is not resolved.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • design circuits with logic gates and/or FPGAs (WA1, WA2)
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  • specify, optimize and implement a finite state machine (WA2, WA3)
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  • design, simulate and test circuits using a hardware description language. (WA3, WA5)
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  • identify the principal components and describe the operation of a RISC microprocessor (WA1)
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Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Laboratories
  • Hand-in: In Lab
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assignment 1
9 May 2022
11:30 PM
3. Assignment 2
10 Jun 2022
11:30 PM
4. Quizzes
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. In-class Test
20 Apr 2022
10:00 AM
6. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Mano, M. M. and Ciletti, M. D., Digital Design: With an Introduction to the Verilog HDL, 5th edn., Prentice Hall, 2012. (4th Edn. is also acceptable.)

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Online Support

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A Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) will operate for this paper. Lecture notes and assignments will be posted on Moodle. Other materials may be posted on Moodle. Some of the computer exercises and assignments will be required to be submitted via Moodle.

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3h lectures per week, six 3h laboratories for a total of 54 contact hours. A further 6h per week are allowed for personal study, assignments and quizzes and 3 days of study for the exam. With the exam that totals 153h.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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ENGEE233 is a specified paper in the BE electronics programme.

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Prerequisites: (ENGEN111 and ENGEN103) or COMPX102




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