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Unit: Introduction to Computer Engineering (8223)

Level: 1Credit Points: 3Contribution Band: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Availability in 2012: Not offered (Also available in: 2015)


    This unit introduces the discipline of network and software engineering within the broad context of the engineering profession. It explores the nature of engineering as a profession, its responsibilities and ethics, the management of people and resources, the design process and the fostering of creativity in design.  It then provides an introduction to digital electronics through a consideration of number systems, combinational and sequential logic using idealised small- and medium-scale devices and an introduction to computer architecture including memory, arithmetic operations, instruction sets and CPU design.  Extensive use is made of a digital simulation software package.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students completing this subject should have an appreciation of the nature of the engineering profession and an awareness of the elements of good design practice, be able to analyse and design combinational and sequential logic circuits, verify their operation using simulation, describe the major hardware features of a computer system and explain their interrelationships.

    Class Contact

    3 hours lectures and 1 hour tutorial per week; plus 3 hour laboratory work (3 weeks).


    Assumed knowledge:Advanced Mathematics Extended (T) major, English (T) major and Physics (T) major, and for NSW, 2u English, 3u Mathematics and 2u Physics.

    Referenced Courses

    • 106JA Bachelor of Engineering in Network and Software Engineering

    Unit Level Key:

    • 1 - Offered in first year of course curriculum
    • 2 - Offered in second year of course curriculum
    • 3 - Offered in third year of course curriculum
    • 4 - Offered in fourth year of course curriculum
    • 5 - Offered in fifth year of course curriculum
    • G - Offered in graduate course curriculums
    • PG - Offered in postgraduate course curriculums
    • R - Offered in research course curriculums
    • H - Offered in honours course curriculums

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