ACS11001 Digital and Embedded Systems

Module Description (subject to change)

This module is intended to equip students with the core knowledge of ‘how hardware works’ in digital systems and introduce the concept of embedded systems using examples/case studies. The module covers introduction to embedded systems, number systems, boolean algebra, logic gates, logic expressions, combinational logic, A/D and D/A converters, computer systems and architectures. The content is delivered as a combination of lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions that provide students with a fundamental understanding of embedded systems and their applications.

Credits: 10 (Autumn Semester)

Module Leader

Roselina Arelhi

Dr Roselina Arelhi
Amy Johnson Building

If you have any questions about the module please talk to us during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Outside of lectures please contact one of us via email, or drop in to see one of us.

Other teaching staff

Mr Ben Taylor

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit, a student will be able to:

1.Understand, apply and demonstrate problem solving skills in digital electronic systems based on fundamental digital design theory [SM1p, EP3p]

2.Describe, and appreciate the hardware and software parts, as well as example applications, of modern embedded systems [SM1p, EA4p]

3.Apply industry standard software and hardware to analyse systems and control-related problems. [EP2p, EP3p]

This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.



This module includes these topics:
• Number systems, boolean algebra, logic gates, logic expressions, gate-level minimisation, combinational logic.
• Introduction to embedded systems, A/D and D/A converters, computer systems, computer architectures

Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.

Lectures: 24hrs
Tutorials: 12hrs
Labs: 9hrs
Independent Study: 55hrs

Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard.



Online Exam (55%)in Autumn exam period.

Online Quiz (10%)

Diamond Labs (10%)

Coursework (25%)



The quizzes and assignment are designed to give students fast quantitative feedback on their progress in that it allows students to assess explicitly to what extent they have mastered different topics. Demonstrators will also be present in all tutorial sessions to answer questions. Students will also receive feedback on their laboratory work.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of each semester.

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

The core text is Digital Design by Mano and Ciletti (5th Edition). For other texts, please see the ‘Reading List’ section on Blackboard