ENEE13020 - Digital Electronics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Digital Electronics will provide you with the theoretical and the practical knowledge of digital electronics devices in information processing applications. You will work in teams and individually to model, analyse, design and verify digital electronic design projects. Using software simulations and practical constructions of digital circuits you will verify operation of digital systems. You will develop the knowledge to analyse the operation of combinational and sequential logic circuits within the discrete and Integrated Circuit (IC) digital electronic devices. You will learn to interpret functional requirements, research implementation options, construct models for testing and verify system performance. You will prepare project documents using symbols and terminologies that comply with Australian standards. Mixed mode students are also required to attend a compulsory residential school and to pass this unit students must achieve at least 50% mark in the project assessment.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: (PHYS11185 Engineering Physics B OR ENAG11002 Energy and Electricity OR ENEG11009 Fundamentals of Energy and Electricity) AND (MATH11218 Applied Mathematics OR MATH11160 Technology Mathematics)

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 15%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Project (applied) 40%
4. Online Test 15%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 61.54% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
The online tests were really good. They helped to reinforce and consolidate learning materials.
Recommendation
The online test is an integral part of the teaching and learning of this unit as it encourages students to review the materials taught and provides prompt feedback to students about their learning and understanding. Having early feedback also improves student experience and satisfaction with this unit.
Action Taken
The online test is an integral part of the teaching and learning of this unit since it encourages students to review the materials in a timely manner and provides rapid feedback to students about their learning. This form of test was retained in the unit delivery.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
The design project was very tough but a rewarding assessment piece that really solidified the entire unit content.
Recommendation
The design project provides an important learning opportunity for students within this unit and therefore it will be maintained and continuously be improved. However, the current project has been perceived to be a bit over challenging for most students. This consequently affects unit satisfaction. A revision of the project will be carried out to align the project's requirements with the student level to improve student's experiences.
Action Taken
The design project provides an important learning opportunity for students within this unit and therefore it will be maintained and continuously improved. It is a rather challenging assessment and thus requires students to exercise problem solving skills and skillfully apply the knowledge learned. Redesigning of the project and scaffolding learning supports were provided to assist students tackling this major piece of assessment. Many students achieved a great mark in the design project.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
The scope of the design project was a bit too open to interpretation and thus it would be more helpful if the design requirements can be specified more specifically.
Recommendation
The openness of the project scope has created difficulties for many students who are not familiar and/or have little experience with research. This, unfortunately, has a negative impact on the unit's satisfaction for these students. To improve student experience with the project, the design scope will be narrowed down to reduce its openness and more explanation and scaffolding guidance toward the project end goals will be provided to assist students with this task.
Action Taken
The design project was redesigned to make the scope clearer and more specific explanation of the requirements and the marking criteria were provided. A workshop was also conducted to explain to students about the design task and to answer questions. This scaffolding learning significantly improved student experience and their performance in the design project.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Residential school and the laboratory exercises were very helpful to help students learn the key concepts introduced in the lecture and assist students with the completion of the assessment tasks.
Recommendation
The residential school and laboratory will be maintained and its content and delivery will continue to be improved, especially providing more guidance on the practical aspects of the laboratory.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19, no residential school was run. Instead, the residential school was replaced by a live Zoom laboratory demonstration. Student feedback shows that the Zoom lab session was very useful and essential for students doing and completing the lab remotely at home.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Tutorials were well designed to support learning by using step by step progression from simple to complex problems.
Recommendation
Tutorials will continue to be provided as supplementary learning support for the lectures.
Action Taken
The tutorial was run as an interactive learning session via Zoom weekly and they were useful to support learning. Thus, they will be maintained in future unit delivery.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
It would be helpful if the assessment due dates were on the weekend rather than on Friday as it had been difficult to meet these deadlines due to work commitments.
Recommendation
Submission due dates of the assessments will be revised and where possible inclusion of the weekend will be considered and accommodated. It is anticipated that these small changes of setting assessment due dates would also improve overall satisfaction with the unit.
Action Taken
The assessment due dates were shifted to Monday of the following week this term to allow students to work on the assessment piece over the weekend. This helped students produce better quality submissions. This practice will be continued in future unit delivery.
Source: "Have your say" survey
Feedback
Better support for learning NI Multisim would be beneficial to students who had little experiences with this simulation package.
Recommendation
More guidance for the learning of the Multisim software will be provided to students in the early few weeks of term to get students up to speed with using the simulation software. This will help students do better with the design project and thus improves unit satisfaction.
Action Taken
Weekly NI-Multisim homework had been created to assist students with a step by step learning of the software. Student feedback shows that the homework was effective in getting them up to speed with using the software for their learning and doing the assessments.
Source: Student direct feedback to Unit Coordinator
Feedback
The assessments require independent research to be carried out by students which demand much time to complete.
Recommendation
Assessment tasks, especially the Design Project's requirements will be revised to make sure that it is better aligned with the lecture contents to reduce the research component involved. Since it is necessary to engage students, especially the high achievers in some research work, a small research component will be retained within the project to enable these students to demonstrate a higher level of achievement. This will also improve the unit outcome and satisfaction.
Action Taken
The design project was revamped to reduce the amount of research required to complete the design tasks, although a small research component was still retained to target the high achieving students. This approach was working well this term with many students enjoying the level of challenges and the technical difficulties of the project. This approach will be retained in future unit delivery.
Source: Unit Coordinator's observation
Feedback
The assessment instructions and guidance could be more comprehensive.
Recommendation
Additional guidelines and instructions on the assessments will be communicated to students prior to the assessment tasks to improve student understanding of what is required and expected for the tasks and thus improve their satisfaction with the assessments.
Action Taken
More complete and comprehensive instructions had been provided for the assessments. In fact, additional workshops were provided as interactive learning sessions to assist students with the assessments. This practice will be continued in future unit delivery.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
Clear communications from the lecturer about the expectations for assessments helps and motivates learning.
Recommendation
This practice of clear and timely communications to expectations about assessments will be continued in the future offering of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
The laboratory was a challenging but enjoyable learning and assessment activity.
Recommendation
The laboratory is an integral part of the unit learning. Its content and delivery will be continued to be updated and improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
The laboratory video session was incredibly helpful and made what seems like an impossible task for someone who has little experience with the material doable.
Recommendation
A video of the lab will be made available to support students doing the laboratory in the future offering of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
The design project was by far the most enjoyable aspect of the unit.
Recommendation
The design project provides an important learning opportunity and assessment task for students doing this unit and therefore it will be maintained and improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
Residential school was replaced with zoom sessions. This had a negative impact on the learning experience and caused difficulties in doing the laboratory and associated assessments.
Recommendation
In Term 1, 2020, the residential school was run due to COVID-19 restrictions. It is acknowledged that the Zoom sessions were interim solutions and could not deliver the same effectiveness and the learning outcomes as a residential school. The residential school will be resumed in future unit's offering when restrictions are lifted.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
Some aspects of the design project felt like they were outside of the scope of learning and impossible to do even after reviewing the lecture materials over and over again.
Recommendation
The design project is a major assessment and a challenging task. Students are required to integrate and apply the knowledge learned within the unit to conceive the project's solution. Although no additional knowledge outside the unit's materials would be needed, students however require to exercise their problem solving skills and sometimes carry out small research. Guidance and scaffolding toward the project's solution will be provided in the future to assist students with this task.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit's survey
Feedback
Feedback on the wrong answers in the assessments was often brief, more detailed feedback would be very helpful for learning.
Recommendation
More detailed feedback will be provided for wrong answers especially for cases when learning could be made.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss digital number systems, their operations and explain how these systems are used in the processing of digital information
  2. Analyse the operation of combinational and sequential logic circuits within the discrete and Integrated Circuit (IC) digital electronic devices
  3. Interpret functional requirements, evaluate circuit options and conceive suitable system designs
  4. Verify operation of digital systems though software simulations and practical constructions of digital circuits
  5. Explain the various integrated circuit technologies and their future development trends
  6. Use appropriate electronic engineering terminologies and symbols that conform to Australian Standards to prepare technical documentations for basic digital system designs and applications
  7. Work collaboratively and autonomously to solve problems, document and communicate clearly and professionally the approaches used to solve problems.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers, Stage 1 Competency Standard for Engineering Technologists, and Stage 1 Competency Standard for Engineering Associates.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Test
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Project (applied)
4 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Project (applied)
1 - Online Test
4 - Online Test