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ELEC1620 Digital Electronics and Microcontrollers

20 creditsClass Size: 180

Module manager: Dr. James Chandler

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The objectives of this module are for students to learn how to design digital circuits, gain an understanding of how microcontrollers (MCUs) are implemented in hardware and develop the programming skills required in order to write embedded software using C++.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Solve logical expressions using Boolean algebra.
2. Design and simulate digital logic circuits.
3. Use binary and hexadecimal numbers and be able to apply the rules of binary arithmetic.
4. Describe and discuss the operation of digital circuits (including microcontrollers).
5. Write, compile, run and de-bug simple C++ programs.
6. Explain how hardware components are interfaced with MCUs.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Digital logic gates
Combinational logic
Boolean algebra
Boolean arithmetic
Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs)
Flip-flops and registers
Microcontroller architecture
Counter and timer circuits
Embedded software development
C++ variables and operators
C++ control statements (branches and loops)
Functions, C++ classes and object-oriented programming
Microcontroller peripherals

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Office Hour Discussions161.0016.00
Examples Class81.008.00
Independent online learning hours143.00
Private study hours16.00
Total Contact hours41.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentUnit 4 Assignment35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)35.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session. .

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online MCQ1 hr 00 mins15.00
Online MCQ1 hr 00 mins25.00
Online MCQ1 hr 00 mins25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)65.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 03/05/2022 14:36:20


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