Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


4000 level

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, hardware description language, datapath design, and control-unit design.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2021 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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

Report: Assignments x 3

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

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