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ACOE 361 –Digital Systems Design 


In this web space you may find lecture notes and other relevant material for the Fall 2013 semester on Digital System Design .

It is highly recommended for students to have the following lecture notes with them in hard copies in each and every lecture. In this respect, notes are provided in .ppt format and can be downloaded by right-clicking on each link. Not all lecture notes are currently available but they will become available in due time as the course progresses.

The notes provided must not be considered as a replacement of either attendance of lectures or study of the suggested textbooks. Their purpose is to assist you in your studying and provide you with guidelines on what you should be focusing on. You are encouraged to enhance notes with study from the recommended literature and web links.

The notes provided are constantly updated, therefore it is recommended to regularly check for updates.




Subject Information

Course Outline


Prerequisites: ACOE201






Right click on the following links to save the lecture notes on your PC, then print them.

Week #


Topics covered

Week 1



 Introduction to Synchronous Digital System Design



Week 2

Lecture 1


 State Machines



Week 3

Lecture 2


 Synchronous Design



Weeks 4

Lecture 3


 Digital System Design Flow – Test 1     REVISION 1



Week 5 - 8



Lecture 4



 Digital System Design with VHDL


Week 9

Lecture 5


 Verification methodology: Testbench design in VHDL – Behavioral VHDL




Week 10


Lecture 6


 Logic Synthesis for FPGAs and ASICs – VHDL coding for synthesis




Week 11


Lecture 7


 Test 2 - Assignments



Week 12

Lecture 8


 Digital System Implementation Technologies – Case study



Week 13

Lecture 9



Assignment assessment - Revision





Laboratory work


Lab 1: Basic Logic Circuit


Lab2: Parallel Registers


Lab3: Register File Design


Lab4: RAM


Lab5: ALU


Lab6: CPU Design







Assignment 1<




Lectures will be given in every class session and they will be based on the main textbook. The assignments and examinations will be based on the material covered in class. Students are advised to purchase the main textbook on which many topics of the course are covered. Students are also advised to review the extensive list of books offered at the FIT library on the subject.  

Main textbook  


  • John F. Wakerly, “Digital Design: Principles and Practices ”, Prentice Hall, 2006.


  • V. Pedroni, The student’s guide to VHDL, Morgan Kaufmann, 1998.
  • M. Mano, Digital Design, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • T. Floyd, Digital Fundamentals, Prentice Hall, 2002.