Guías Docentes Electrónicas
1. General information
Course:
ELECTRONICS I
Code:
59610
Type:
CORE COURSE
ECTS credits:
6
Degree:
385 - DEGREE IN TELECOMMUNICATI TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
Academic year:
2022-23
Center:
308 - SCHOOL POLYTECHNIC OF CUENCA
Group(s):
30 
Year:
2
Duration:
First quarter
Main language:
Spanish
Second language:
Use of additional languages:
English Friendly:
Y
Web site:
Bilingual:
N
Lecturer: RAUL ALCARAZ MARTINEZ - Group(s): 30 
Building/Office
Department
Phone number
Email
Office hours
E. Politécnica Cuenca (0.03)
INGENIERÍA ELÉCTRICA, ELECTRÓNICA, AUTOMÁTICA Y COMUNICACIONES
969 179 100 ext 4847
raul.alcaraz@uclm.es
It will be published at the beginning of the course.

2. Pre-Requisites

According to the UCLM regulation, no prerequiste courses can be established. Nonetheless, it is recommended that students have previously followed and, if possible, passed the courses of "System Analysis", "Computing", "Components and Circuits", and "Electronics Devices". More precisely, students are required to undersand and handle basic concepts about sampling, hold, and codification of signals, electrical circuit theory, semiconductors and transistors, binary numbers, structured programming, design of algorithms, and software debugging. 

3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession

Electronics plays a key role in many branchs of the Telecommunications engineering. Thus, this course exposes students for the first time to fundamental concepts of digital circuits, including binary numbers, logic gates, and complex digital logic blocks and systems. Nowadays, digital circuits and systems are the basis for many communication and consumer electronic devices. Consequently, the knowledge gained in this course will be required to understand more advanced concepts in upper subjects of the degree program, such as "Digital Electronics Systems", "Audiovisual Equipments in Medicine", "Sensors and Sensor Wireless Networks ", "Electronics Technology", and "Interdisciplinary Applications in Telecommunications". 


4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
E08 The ability to use computer tools to search for bibliographic resources or for information related to telecommunications and electronics.
E14 The ability to analyse and design combinational and sequential circuits, synchronous and asynchronous, and use of microprocessors and integrated circuits.
E15 Knowledge and application of the fundamentals of hardware device description languages.
G01 Knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
G02 Correct, oral and written, communication skills.
G06 Knowledge of basic subjects and technologies, enabling students to learn new methods and technologies, as well as providing great versatility to adapt to new situations
G12 The ability to work in a multidisciplinary group and in a multilingual environment and to communicate, both in writing and orally, knowledge, procedures, results and ideas related to telecommunications and electronics
G13 The ability to look for and understand information, wether technical or commercial in different sources, to relate and structure it to integrate ideas and knowledge. Analysis, synthesis and implementation of ideas and knowledge.
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Description
Carrying out calculations to establish the different parameters of a digital electronic system.
Realization of assemblies and measurements of circuits in the laboratory.
Correct use of oral and written expression to convey ideas, technologies, results, etc.
Use of ICT to achieve the specific objectives set in the subject.
Familiarization in the use of commercial circuits, interpreting the information provided by the manufacturers.
Appropriate type of bistable selection or combinational circuits capacity maximization.
Use of hardware description languages to perform programming (combinational and sequential circuits) of a programmable logic device.
Compression, analysis and synthesis of technical documentation and mastery of specific vocabulary.
Application of switching and automation theory to the problem solving of analysis and design of digital circuits.
Distinction of the different applications of digital electronic systems.
Combination of different circuits to obtain new functionalities, in case the integrated circuit that performs the desired logic function is not available.
Comparison between programmable logic devices based on their characteristics.
Additional outcomes
Not established.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: Introduction to digital systems
    • Unit 1.1: Analog vs digital signals and systems
    • Unit 1.2: Binary digits
    • Unit 1.3: Basic logic operations
    • Unit 1.4: Basic logic functions
  • Unit 2: Number systems and codes
    • Unit 2.1: Decimal numbers
    • Unit 2.2: Binary numbers
    • Unit 2.3: Hexadecimal numbers
    • Unit 2.4: Octal numbers
    • Unit 2.5: Binary coded decimal
    • Unit 2.6: Error detection codes
  • Unit 3: Boolean algebra and logic simplification
    • Unit 3.1: Introduction to Boolean algebra
    • Unit 3.2: Logic functions
    • Unit 3.3: Simplification of Boolean expressions
  • Unit 4: Design of digital circuits
    • Unit 4.1: Gate-level design
    • Unit 4.2: Programmable logic
    • Unit 4.3: Application-specific integrated circuits
  • Unit 5: Introduction to VHDL
    • Unit 5.1: Introduction
    • Unit 5.2: Basic units of design
    • Unit 5.3: Elements and operators
    • Unit 5.4: Sentences
    • Unit 5.5: LAB. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE SOFTWARE INTEL QUARTUS
  • Unit 6: Combinational systems
    • Unit 6.1: Encoders
    • Unit 6.2: Decoders
    • Unit 6.3: Multiplexers
    • Unit 6.4: Demultiplexers
    • Unit 6.5: Arithmetic circuits
    • Unit 6.6: Comparators
    • Unit 6.7: Code converters
    • Unit 6.8: Parity Generators/Checkers
    • Unit 6.9: LAB 2. COMBINATIONAL CIRCUITS
  • Unit 7: Sequential systems
    • Unit 7.1: Introduction
    • Unit 7.2: Flip-flops
    • Unit 7.3: Counters
    • Unit 7.4: Shift registers
    • Unit 7.5: Finite state machines
    • Unit 7.6: LAB 3. SEQUENTIAL CIRCUITS
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS, REMARKS

Hardware and software tools available at electronics laboratory will be used to develop the proposed hands-on experiments. 


7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com Description
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 1 25 N N Theory concepts will be covered along several lectures
Problem solving and/or case studies [ON-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E14 E15 G02 G06 G12 0.4 10 Y N The instructor will solve some problems on the blackboard, but students will be sometimes asked in class to solve one or several problems on their own. If needed, this activity will be retaken in a global final exam covering all theory concepts of the course.
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E14 E15 G02 G06 G12 0.4 10 Y N Students will be required to do weekly homework, consisting of solving one or several problems. If needed, this activity could be retaken in a global final examen covering all theory concepts of the course.
Laboratory practice or sessions [ON-SITE] Practical or hands-on activities E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.8 20 N N Attendance is not mandatory but highly advisable.
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [OFF-SITE] Group Work E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 1 25 Y N Students will be required to complete a technical inform for each hands-on activity. This document will include the VHDL code designed for several digital circuits, as well as their simulation and verification on a FPGA-based device. If needed, this activity will be retaken through a single final, global hands-on experiment. Plagiarism detection in every technical inform will entail a score of 0 points for all students involved in this fraud.
Individual tutoring sessions [ON-SITE] Other Methodologies E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.04 1 N N Resolution of doubts and supervision of individual learning progress of students.
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 2.2 55 N N Out-of-class study to prepare course's activity and final exams.
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.12 3 Y Y Theory concepts will be assessed through a single written examination (final exam). If needed, this exam could be retaken. Every fraudulent activity during these exams will entail a score of 0 points.
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E08 E14 E15 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.04 1 Y Y Skills associated with the hands-on experiments will be assessed through a single oral and/or written examination. In this test, student will have to reply some questions, as well as to modify in-situ the VHDL code of the final hands-on experiment. If needed, this activity could be retaken in a similar test on a different hands-on experiment. Every fraudulent activity in these examinations will entail a score of 0 points.
Total: 6 150
Total credits of in-class work: 2.4 Total class time hours: 60
Total credits of out of class work: 3.6 Total hours of out of class work: 90

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming (It will be essential to overcome both continuous and non-continuous assessment).

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
Evaluation System Continuous assessment Non-continuous evaluation * Description
Laboratory sessions 10.00% 10.00% Assessment of the reports submitted by students for hands-on experiments
Final test 60.00% 70.00% A final written examination to assess theory concepts. A minimum score of 3.5 points (over 10) is required in this test to pass the course.
Assessment of problem solving and/or case studies 10.00% 0.00% Assessment of the problems solved by students in class and out of class.
Final test 20.00% 20.00% A final oral and/or written examination to assess the last and global hands-on experiments. A minimum score of 3.5 points (over 10) is required in this test to pass the course.
Total: 100.00% 100.00%  
According to art. 6 of the UCLM Student Evaluation Regulations, it must be provided to students who cannot regularly attend face-to-face training activities the passing of the subject, having the right (art. 13.2) to be globally graded, in 2 annual calls per subject , an ordinary and an extraordinary one (evaluating 100% of the competences).

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
  • Continuous assessment:
    To pass the course, students will have to satisfy the next requirements:
    - A minimum mark on the final examination about hands-on experiments of 3.5 points (over 10).
    - A minimum mark on the final exam about theory concepts of 3.5 points (over 10).
    - A final weighted mark on the course equal or higher than 5 points (over 10).
  • Non-continuous evaluation:
    Those students unable to follow regularly the course will have to contact by email with the instructor. Moreover, every student will be able to choose a non-continuous evaluation whenever she/he has participated in activities awarded with less than 50% of the semester score and regular lessons have not yet finished. Nonetheless, in no case those activities submitted for assessment during previous weeks will not be re-evaluated.

    To pass the course, students will have to satisfy the same requirements as before, i.e.:
    - A minimum mark on the final examination about hands-on experiments of 3.5 points (over 10).
    - A minimum mark on the final exam about theory concepts of 3.5 points (over 10).
    - A final weighted mark on the course equal or higher than 5 points (over 10).

Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
In this second opportunity to pass the course, 100% of the semester score could be achieved. Thus, two assessment activities will be conducted, i.e.:
- A single final written exam covering all theory concepts. In test will allow student to globally retake the final written examen for theory, assessment of active participation and assessment of problem solving and/or case studies. This examination will be awarded with 70% of the semester score.
- A final oral and/or written examination on a new hands-on experiment. As before, the students will have to reply some questions, as well as to modify in-situ the VHLD code. This test will be awarded with 30% of the semester score.

To pass the course, students will have to satisfy the next requirements:
- A minimum mark on the final examination about the hands-on experiment of 3.5 points (over 10).
- A minimum mark on the final exam about theory concepts of 3.5 points (over 10).
- A final weighted mark on the course equal or higher than 5 points (over 10).

Finally, in case of failing the course, global score for theory or laboratory (if it was passed) will be maintained for the next offering, unless the student voluntarily decides to retake the corresponding set of assessment activities.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
If students passed laboratory or theory activities in the preceding course, only an exam covering hands-on experiments or theory concepts will have to be tackled (unless the student voluntarily decides to retake both assessment activities). Otherwise, students will have to take two exams, one covering theory concepts and another assessing laboratory skills. The grading scheme will award 70% of the final mark on the course for theory exam and 30% for laboratory test. For both examinations, a minimum mark of 3.5 points (over 10) will be required to pass the course. Moreover, the final weighted average mark will have to be equal or higher than 5 points (over 10).
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Group Work] 25
Individual tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][Other Methodologies] 1
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 55
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 3
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 1

Unit 1 (de 7): Introduction to digital systems
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 1

Unit 2 (de 7): Number systems and codes
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 2
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] .5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] .5

Unit 3 (de 7): Boolean algebra and logic simplification
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] .5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] .5

Unit 4 (de 7): Design of digital circuits
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 2
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 1
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 1
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 1.5

Unit 5 (de 7): Introduction to VHDL
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 3
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 1.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 1.5
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 3.5

Unit 6 (de 7): Combinational systems
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 5
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 2.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 2.5
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 7.5

Unit 7 (de 7): Sequential systems
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 9
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 4
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 4
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 7.5

Global activity
Activities hours
General comments about the planning: All theory and laboratory activities will be sequentially conducted along the semester. Moreover, a detailed weekly schedule of the course containing deadlines for all assessment activities will be published in the learning platform (Campus Virtual) before the course starts.
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
Brown Sephen and Vranesi, Zvonko Fundamental of Digital Logic with VHDL Design McGraw-Hill 9780073529530 2009 Ficha de la biblioteca
Del Villar, Ignacio, Arregui, Francisco J., and Goicoechea, Javier Solved problems in digital electronics Paraninfo 9788426726308 2018 Ficha de la biblioteca
Floyd, Thomas L. Digital Fundamentals. A Systems Approach Pearson 9781292027241 2014 Ficha de la biblioteca
Pedroni, Volnei A. Digital Electronics and Design With VHDL Morgan Kaufmann Publishers 9780123742704 2008 Ficha de la biblioteca
Perry, Douglas L. VHDL: Programming by Example McGraw-Hill 9780071409544 2002 Ficha de la biblioteca
Wakerly, John F. Digital Design: Principles & Practices Pretince Hall 9788131713662 2014 Ficha de la biblioteca



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