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Unit information: Digital Design, Group Project in 2022/23

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Unit name Digital Design, Group Project
Unit code EENG28010
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Shuangyi Yan
Open unit status Not open
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EENG14000, EENG20400

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School/department School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Unit Information

Unit Directors - Faezeh Arab Hassani and Shuangyi Yan

The aim of this unit is to give students a practical introduction to digital logic design and prototyping in FPGAs based on VHDL entry, using industry standard tools. Students will work in groups to design a functioning digital system and implement it.

Your learning on this unit

  1. Demonstrate, through practice, the use of VHDL as a modelling language to describe digital logic, including use of common templates to describe combinational and sequential logic blocks;
  2. Explain the hardware implications of a given piece of VHDL code and the limitations imposed in coding for synthesis;
  3. Design combinational and sequential logic blocks and finite-state machines in VHDL based on a given set of functional specifications;
  4. Interpret a specification for a digital system;
  5. Propose modular structural divisions for a complex digital system, and define interfaces for the constituent modules;
  6. Set-up and run simulations and debug VHDL code for correct functionality in the ModelSim simulator, and approach the testing and simulation of a design in a systematic manner;
  7. Use Xilinx to prototype designs in FPGAs;
  8. Familiarity with good practice in design management and effective collaboration in a shared group project.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

How you will be assessed


Assignment 1 (35%): An individual take-home exercise that is assessed based on functionality and quality of VHDL code, and analytical and descriptive answers, all related to design of digital circuits and systems. (ILOs 1-6)

Assignment 2 (65%): A group exercise that is assessed based on the functionality and quality of submitted code to meet specifications (ILOs 1-8).


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Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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