EE 2163 - Digital Design


Spring 2010

Time: TT 12:30 - 1:45 PM





Dr. Marcus O. Durham, PE

Office Hours:

 TT 10:30

In a digital class email is preferred  

Office: U395






The objective of this course is to provide the engineering student with a fundamental competency and understanding of digital principles and applications including logic, discrete circuits and preparation for computer technology. A parallel laboratory course is offered.


Text & Material

Introduction to Logic Design by Alan B. Marcovitz, McGrawHill, 2010 Third Edition


There are 3 exams and there may be an optional final. If the final is taken, it will substitute for one of the exams.


The exam format will be structured along the lines of a professional engineering (FE & PE) exam. There will be numerous questions with short answers. Complex problems will be broken into several segments. You will be time challenged. There will be few surprises if you actively participate in class and assignments.



Exams, 3 @ 200 each



Build a digital project, demonstrate it, & report

Pass wireless exam, meeting & memo, project & memo

IEEE or professional society meeting & memo, Technical paper

Professor judgment (quantum number, all tasks completed)


Homework is due by assigned date. Homework will not be accepted after returned assignments or solutions have been posted. Select homework problems may be checked.










  Lab: There is a related Lab.
The Lab is decoupled from the class and is completely independent.
The Class is a discussion of Logic and Mathematical tools. It has a large general audience and participants from many majors.
The Lab is about wiring chips and physical devices. It is specific. It has an instructor for that purpose.
A large segment of this Class does not take the lab and has limited interest in the physical components.
Therefore, it is not feasible for the Lab to be closely coupled to the Class.
As a matter of record, when the Professor originally studied the topic, it was in the Philosophy Department.

Letter grades:

Division points between letter grades will be based on student performance and best judgment of the instructor.



1. You are a responsible adult.  I assume everyone wants to excel and enjoy the venture. If you want to learn, you will have to invest time and effort outside of class. If you want to slide that is your prerogative and your loss, and complaints about the course will go to the appropriate place. Continuous improvement is a part of the process. Let's have fun and learn.


2. People learn and absorb information in different ways. What is enjoyable or traditional to you may be frustrating to others. A variety of processes will be used to present the material. If a particularly style or technique does not fit you, accept it for what it is. Regardless, you can gather valuable insight in how others see things.


3. In this class, grasping concepts and relationships is more important than memorizing how to do formulas. As a result, there will be more discussion and less problem solving in class. You will be expected to practice solving the problems based on the discussion. In practice, your boss will not solve the problems for you but will give you the parameters. The University engineering education is about teaching you how to think.


4. Prepared notes will be provided as the basis of many discussions. Please do not be lulled. Most people can only improve learning by making notes in your own words and style. The book will be a supplement for further discussion, examples, and problems.




Professional development is a continuing requirement of engineers. IEEE is the largest engineering professional society on the planet. For this component, attend a student or section meeting and make a one paragraph report about the time, location, speaker and topics discussed. Students with other majors may attend one of those meetings.



Tech Paper:

Write a 2 page technical paper about any topic relating to ditial systems applied to your major field of study. It can be applications, design, or theoretical oriented.



1. Attendance in class is expected. Points will be taken off final grade for poor attendance, particularly in the form of class participation and professor judgment.

2. There is no such thing as a stupid question, except the one not asked. Chances are others don't understand it either.

3. Students are expected to seek assistance if necessary. The instructor interprets students coming to his office to ask questions as eager beavers worthy of high grades. Students in trouble who don't try to straighten out their problems immediately and then say simply, "I never understood that" are in more trouble than they think.

4. No make up exams or late assignments will be permitted unless arranged in advance.

5. Fallibility of instructors is uncommon. However, in the unlikely event of a difference in opinion on grading, the question must be resolved within three days. Senility is common. Therefore, grades are as-is where-is for time greater than three days after posting.

Your job: 

The professor recognizes that problems of learning, earning, yearning, spurning, squirming and slumbering are unique to student life. Such problems will be treated with civility by a southern gentleman, but not with a great deal of compassion. You are a unique individual, wonderfully made, but the University environment demands your working within the same constraints imposed on others.


  Acknowledgment:  Like all software packages, your acknowledgement is solicited.

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