Course Details

ELE 237 Fundamentals of Digital Systems
2018-2019 Spring term information

The course is not open this term

Timing data are obtained using weekly schedule program tables. To make sure whether the course is cancelled or time-shifted for a specific week one should consult the supervisor and/or follow the announcements.

Course definition tables are extracted from the ECTS Course Catalog web site of Hacettepe University ( in real-time and displayed here. Please check the appropriate page on the original site against any technical problems.


Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
Course languageEnglish
Course typeMust 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Drill and Practice
Problem Solving
Instructor (s)Faculty members 
Course objectiveThe aim of this course is to teach the basics of digital systems to students and to equip them with the capability of analyzing and designing combinational and sequential sysems. 
Learning outcomes
  1. L.O.1. Analyze and design combinational logic circuits
  2. L.O.2. Analyze and design synchronous sequential logic circuits
  3. L.O.3. Analyze circuits that use counters, registers, memory, ROM, PLA, and PAL devices, describe the function of such circuits and design circuits using these devices
  4. L.O.4. Understand the function of hardware description language (HDL) and use a HDL to model, verify and synthesize alogic circuit
Course ContentReview of number systems and Boolean algebra
Simplification of Boolean functions
Analysis and design using logic gates
Description of basic logic building blocks and analysis and design using these blocks
Representation of digital systems using a hardwatre description language
Analysis and design of combinational and sequential logic circuits
ReferencesMano M.M., Ciletti M.D., Digital Design, 5th Ed., Prentice Hall, 2012.
Wakerly J.F., Digital Design: Principles and Practices, 4th Ed., Prentice Hall, 2006.
Ciletti M.D., Advanced Digital Design with the Verilog HDL, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2011.

Course outline weekly

Week 1Number systems, binary arithmetic, signed numbers, binary codes
Week 2Basics of Boolean algebra, algebraic simplification, canonical and standard forms
Week 3Karnaugh maps, SOP and POS simplification, two level design
Week 4NAND and NOR designs, analysis and design of multilevel circuits
Week 5Introduction to hardware desription language, lab implementation
Week 6Combinational circuit blocks: Adders, multipliers, comparators, EXOR gates, parity bit generation, lab implementation
Week 7Combinational circuit blocks: Encoders, decoders, multiplexers and combinational circuit implementation using these, lab implementation
Week 8Latch circuits, flip-flops, triggering of flip-flops, lab implementation
Week 9Analysis of synchronous sequential circuits, the state table and the state diagram, lab implementation
Week 10Midterm Exam
Week 11Design of synchronous sequential circuits, state assignment and state reduction, lab implementation
Week 12Registers, shift registers, synchronus and asynchronous counters, lab implementation
Week 13Memory structures, RAM memories, memory decoding, error correcting codes, lab implementation
Week 14Programmable logic arrays: ROM, PLA, PAL and FPGA
Week 15Preparation for Final exam
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam150
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes050
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes050

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 14 3 42
Laboratory 8 2 16
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)14798
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment8432
Midterms (Study duration)11010
Final Exam (Study duration) 11212
Total Workload4638210

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. PO1. Possesses the theoretical and practical knowledge required in Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline.     X
2. PO2. Utilizes his/her theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and electrical and electronics engineering towards finding engineering solutions.    X
3. PO3. Determines and defines a problem in electrical and electronics engineering, then models and solves it by applying the appropriate analytical or numerical methods. X    
4. PO4. Designs a system under realistic constraints using modern methods and tools.   X 
5. PO5. Designs and performs an experiment, analyzes and interprets the results. X   
6. PO6. Possesses the necessary qualifications to carry out interdisciplinary work either individually or as a team member. X    
7. PO7. Accesses information, performs literature search, uses databases and other knowledge sources, follows developments in science and technology.X    
8. PO8. Performs project planning and time management, plans his/her career development.X    
9. PO9. Possesses an advanced level of expertise in computer hardware and software, is proficient in using information and communication technologies.    X
10. PO10. Is competent in oral or written communication; has advanced command of English.  X  
11. PO11. Has an awareness of his/her professional, ethical and social responsibilities.X    
12. PO12. Has an awareness of the universal impacts and social consequences of engineering solutions and applications; is well-informed about modern-day problems.X    
13. PO13. Is innovative and inquisitive; has a high level of professional self-esteem.X    

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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