The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the principles of digital computer design, particularly the fundamentals of modern digital logic design including logic gates, Boolean algebra, Karnaugh maps, flip-flops, and state-machines. It examines the binary number system, hexadecimal notation and computer arithmetic. This exploration of "low level" computing is complemented by an introduction to the basic elements of a modern computer, its organisation and architecture. In addition, students are introduced to assembly and machine language programming.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Solve problems using binary numbers, hexadecimal and octal notation, and the representation of information using digital codes

2. Solve problems using computer arithmetic including signed number representations in 1's and 2's complement form

3. Employ logic gates, Boolean algebra and truth tables to represent combinational logic circuits

4. Apply algebraic manipulation and Karnaugh maps to simplify combinational logic expressions

5. Formulate solutions to real-world problems using discrete digital components, medium-scale integrated circuits, and software tools

6. Discuss the basic elements of a computer and the functions of a microprocessor, hardware and software

7. Write low level assembly language

8. Briefly describe the role assemblers and compilers have in converting source code into machine code.


1. Number systems

2. Logic gates

3. Boolean equations, sum of products and product of sums

4. Boolean algebra

5. Logic implementation with gates

6. Karnaugh maps

7. Latches, flip-flops, registers, counters, shift-registers, memory  

8. Microcomputer organisation

9. Assembly and machine language

10. Assembly language programming

11. Addressing memory and memory mapped input/outputs

12. Compilation, assembling and loading


If you have completed ELEC1700 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final examination

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Project: Project

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term