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Teaching digital design to computing science students in a single academic term

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3 Author(s)
J. N. Amaral ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; P. Berube ; P. Mehta

How should digital design be taught to computing science students in a single one-semester course? This work advocates the use of state-of-the-art design tools and programmable devices and presents a series of laboratory exercises to help students learn digital logic. Each exercise introduces new concepts and produces the complete design of a stand-alone apparatus that is fun and interesting to use. These exercises lead to the most challenging capstone designs for a single-semester course of which the authors are aware. Fast progress is made possible by providing students with predesigned input/output modules. Student feedback demonstrates that the students approve of this methodology. An extensive set of slides, supporting teaching material, and laboratory exercises are freely available for downloading.

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 1 )