ECE 410 Advanced Digital Logic Design, Fall 2016

University of Alberta

Faculty of Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



Dr. Jie Han, office: 13-358, Innovation Centre for Engineering (ICE), phone: 492-1361

Email: jhan8 (and you know what follows), homepage

Office Hours: Friday, 2:00 - 3:00pm, or by appointments.


Lab Instructors

Mahdi Karami (Email: karami1) and Yidong Liu (Email: yidong1)


Teaching Assistants

Saeed Ansari (Email: ansari2) and Yuanzhuo Qu (Email: yuanzhuo)


Course Information

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Room: ETLC E2 001

Website: eClass @ the University (Enrolled students will be able to access it by logging into the eClass@UofA.)

A separate eClass page has been created for the labs.



EE280 Introduction to Digital Logic Design, or consent of the Department.

Course Description

ECE 410 covers modern digital system design methodology using the hardware description language VHDL and synthesis tools that automatically simplify and map digital system designs to field-programmable gate array (FPGA) configurable hardware.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, the student will be able to design combinational and sequential circuits using VHDL, use tools to synthesize and map designs onto FPGAs, carry out arithmetic circuit design and understand the fundamentals of digital system testing.

Course Outline:

1.       Review of classical sequential logic design. (1 week approx.)

2.       VHDL hardware description language and logic simulation. (3 weeks approx.)

3.       Digital system design. (4 weeks approx.)

4.       Design of arithmetic circuits. (3 weeks approx.)

  1. Introduction to digital system testing. (1 week approx.)



Marking scheme:

Assignments: 10% (Approximately five times)

Laboratory: 20% (Four labs: see eClass lab page for detail)

Midterm Exam: 25% (Tentatively scheduled in the second last week of October)

Final Exam: 45% (Tentative date: 12-Dec-2015 (Monday) @ 9:00 a.m.)

Academic integrity

The University of Alberta is committed to the highest standards of academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to be familiar with these standards regarding academic honesty and to uphold the policies of the University in this respect. Students are particularly urged to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Code of Student Behavior (online at ) and avoid any behavior which could potentially result in suspicions of cheating, plagiarism, misrepresentation of facts and/or participation in an offense. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense and can result in suspension or expulsion from the University.

Recording is permitted only with the prior written consent of the professor or if recording is part of an approved accommodation plan.

Policy about course outlines can be found in 23.4(2) of the University Calendar.


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