The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the principles and practices of digital logic design using programmable logic devices and CAD tools. Topics include programmable logic devices and structures, design tools, VHDL hardware description language, datapath design, and control-unit design.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC3720. Students who have successfully completed ELEC3720 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC4720.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Design digital circuits using HDL and CAD tools

2. Design a single cycle MIPS processor

3. Understand and design pipelined circuits and processors

4. Gain experience in working in a group


  • Programmable logic devices   
  • Altera’s design tools   
  • Computer architecture and performance   
  • MIPS instruction set architecture   
  • Arithmetic and computer   
  • Processor datapath and control   
  • Hardware description languages   
  • Parallelism and pipelining   
  • Memory systems   
  • Project involving the design of a pipelined processor

Assumed knowledge

ELEC1710 Digital and Computer Electronics 1

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final examination

Written Assignment: Assignments x 2

Contact hours


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