Circuits and Digital Design


This course starts by refreshing the operating concepts of basic electronic devices introduced in ELEC and moves on to introducing amplifiers (used in common radios, numerous medical applications etc.), oscillators (used in radio transmitters, quartz clocks etc.) and switching circuits, which forms the basis for digital design.

Various elements in a digital design such as logic gates, flip-flops, counters, registers and arithmetic circuits are taught. This is followed by introduction to logic design concepts, timing circuits, memory devices and microprocessors, which form the basis for ELEC 411. Lastly, some fundamentals on device modeling, CAD design, testing, yield and economics along with modern day design methodologies and tools are covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Design circuits for simple electronic applications
  • Interpret and analyze the behavior of complex circuits used in day to day applications
  • Understand the operation of various design elements which are the building blocks for modern day computers and mobile devices
  • Have a fundamental knowledge on how complex digital circuitries are designed and tested