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Introduction to Computer Engineering (8223.4)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology


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This unit introduces the fields of digital electronics and robotics within the broad context of the engineering profession. It provides an introduction to digital electronics by addressing the areas of discrete mathematics, number systems and codes, and combinational logic circuits. Consideration is also given to flip-flops and related devices, counters and registers, and MSI logic circuits. An overview of robotics is introduced in the second half of the unit by having an overall understanding of the basic structure of a microcontroller. In addition, examples of some controlling platforms including their basic programming are analysed. The interfacing process via microcontroller is presented by looking at drivers and servos. A final discussion aims to provide a clear understanding of how combining all the pieces together within a digital system project leads to the completion of a servo-controlled system.
This unit may be cotaught with 10096 Introduction to Computer Engineering G.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Have an appreciation of the nature of the engineering profession by being able to understand and confidently manipulate discrete mathematical entities;

2. Deal with different systems of numbers and codes;

3. Describe, analyse, and synthetise logic circuits;

4. Acquire an awareness of the elements of good design practices by analysing and designing combinational and sequential logic circuits;

5. Verify circuits operation by using CAD tools and hands-on laboratories; and

6. Integrate the different pieces of knowledge acquired in this unit to synthesise a robotic application through the successful completion of a digital system project.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

2 hours lectures (online) and 2 hour tutorial per week (5 weeks); plus 2 hour laboratory work (2 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

Incompatible Units

10096 Introduction to Computer Engineering G.

Equivalent Units


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