Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students will focus on advanced design techniques and methodologies in digital system design. Students develop hands-on experience in design, simulation, verification and implementation using industry standard CAD tools. The subject content includes: digital systems design methodology and design flow; programmable logic technology, architecture, design and synthesis issues; Register Transfer Level design, coding and synthesis; behavioural synthesis; sequential system design; binary arithmetic circuits; analysis and design of asynchronous systems; clocking and timing issues; design validation; design for test; boundary scan and build-in self test.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Minimum grade of 65% in ELE3DDE.


Incompatible subjects ELE5DSD

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAdvanced FPGA design - Architecture, Implementation and OperationPrescribedKilts S 2007WILEY
ReadingsDigital Systems Design with VHDLPrescribedZwolinski, M 2004PRENTICE-HALL
ReadingsFPGA Prototyping by VHDL ExamplesPrescribedChu PP, 2008WILEY
ReadingsFPGA System Design,PrescribedWolf, W 2004PRENTICE-HALL
ReadingsModern VLSI Design System-on-chip designPrescribedWolf, W 20023RD EDN, PRENTICE-HALL

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Design Project (approx 1600 words)In order to pass the subject students must obtain an overall pass grade.40
Exam (2 hours)40
One assignment (approx 800 words)20