Syllabus for ELD-302

DIGITAL ELECTRONICS


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Digital Electronics is a course of study in applied digital logic using electronic digital circuits. Students will learn about digital electronic fundamentals including number systems, logic gates, Boolean algebra, logic families circuit design, flip-flops, combinational and synchronous logic circuit design, logic minimization techniques (Karnaugh maps, Quine-McCluskey), counters, shift registers, encoders and decoders, multiplexors and demultiplexors, interfacing, and microprocessors. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. CO1 Explain the important concepts, components, and tools of digital electronics.
  2. CO2 Demonstrate the ability to convert from one number system to another and to perform basic arithmetic operations.  
  3. CO3 Demonstrate the ability to convert numbers using specialized codes including Binary Coded Decimal (BCD) code, Gray code, and the American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) code.  
  4. CO4 Demonstrate the operation of logic gates and illustrate each logic gate symbol.  
  5. CO5 Construct logic truth table for each logic gate and produce timing diagrams for any specified input waveform.  
  6. CO6 Apply basic laws of Boolean algebra and the Karnaugh map to simplify a Boolean expression.  
  7. CO7 Write a Boolean output expression for any combinational circuit.  
  8. CO8 Utilize full-adders to implement multibit parallel adders.
  9. CO9 Demonstrate how a comparator can determine if two binary numbers are equal or unequal.
  10. CO10 Design a logic circuit to decode any combination of bits and apply an encoder to a specific application to convert information to a coded form.
  11. CO11 Compare and contrast the symbolic symbols for the set-reset, D-type, J-K latches, and flip-flops.  
  12. CO12 Compare and contrast the proper output for each possible input combinations for the set-reset, D-type and J-K latches and flip-flops.
  13. CO13 Identify and differentiate between synchronous and asynchronous counter circuits.  
  14. CO14 Differentiate between serial in/serial out, serial in/parallel out, parallel in/serial out, and parallel in/parallel out shift registers and how they operate.
  15. CO15 Identify various memory and storage used in digital electronics.

COURSE MATERIALS

You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. Floyd, Thomas L. (2009). Digital Fundamentals (10th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.  ISBN-13:  978-0132359238

Required Software

  1. NI Circuit Design Suite (package), with NI Multisim,  version 10 or above, from National Instruments.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Digital Electronics is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1: Introduction, Number Systems. Operations, and Codes

  1. Module 2: Logic Gates

  1. Module 3: Boolean Algebra and Logic Simplification

  1. Module 4: Combinational Logic and Combinational Functions

  1. Module 5: Latches, Flip-Flops, and Timers

  1. Module 6: Counters, Shift Registers, Memory, Storage, and Microprocessors

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussions, complete written assignments, submit virtual lab reports, take module quizzes, and take a midterm exam and a final exam. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1. Click to view Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six (6) written assignments. The written assignments draw on even-numbered exercises from the textbook. For each assignment, answer all assigned exercises, and show all work.

When preparing your answers, please identify each exercise clearly by textbook section and exercise number. Be sure to include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the

semester and year in which you are enrolled. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions.

Virtual Lab Reports

You are required to complete four (4) virtual lab reports. The lab reports require you use Multisim software to run simulations based on system application activities at the end of chapters, and then write a lab report based on your observation of the software simulations.

Quizzes

You are required to complete six (6) module quizzes. Each quiz includes only True or False questions. The number of questions in each quiz ranges from 12 to 30 based on the chapters covered.

Examinations

You are required to take two (2) proctored online examinations: a midterm exam and a final exam. Both exams require that you use the College's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the course Calendar for the official dates of your midterm and final exam week.

Midterm Examination

The midterm exam is two hours long and covers modules 1 to 3 of the course. It consists of fifty multiple-choice questions.

The exam is open book, but not open notes. In this regard you are permitted to use only a scientific (nongraphing) calculator and the authorized textbook. But you are not allowed to consult a solutions manual, notes of any kind (including graded or ungraded activities), or any other reference sources or sources of information. The use of blank scratch paper for doing math calculations is permitted during online test administrations.

Final Examination

The final exam is two hours long and covers modules 4 to 6 of the course.  It consists of fifty multiple-choice questions.

The exam is open book, but not open notes. In this regard you are permitted to use only a scientific (nongraphing) calculator and the authorized textbook. But you are not allowed to consult a solutions manual, notes of any kind (including graded or ungraded activities), or any other reference sources or sources of information. The use of blank scratch paper for doing math calculations is permitted during online test administrations.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

  1. Looking up any answer or part of an answer in an unauthorized textbook or on the Internet, or using any other source to find the answer.
  2. Copying and pasting or in any way copying responses or parts of responses from any other source into your online test. This includes but is not limited to copying and pasting from other documents or spreadsheets, whether written by yourself or anyone else.
  3. Plagiarizing answers.
  4. Asking anyone else to assist you by whatever means available while you take the exam.
  5. Copying any part of the exam to share with other students.
  6. Telling your mentor that you need another attempt at the exam because your connection to the Internet was interrupted when that is not true.

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.

GRADING AND EVALUATION

Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussion (6)—15 percent
  2. Written assignments (6)—24 percent 
  3. Virtual lab reports (4)—6 percent
  4. Quizzes (6)—15 percent
  5. Midterm exam (proctored - modules 1–3)—20 percent
  6. Final exam (proctored - modules 4–6)—20 percent 

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:

A

=

93–100

C+

=

78–79

A–

=

90–92

C

=

73–77

B+

=

88–89

C–

=

70–72

B

=

83–87

D

=

60–69

B–

=

80–82

F

=

Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS

First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.

  1. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.

  1. Arrange to take your examinations by following the instructions in this Syllabus and the Online Student Handbook.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.

  1. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.

  1. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  1. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  1. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  2. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.

Plagiarism

Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism.  (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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