UPC EETAC Bachelor's Degree in Telecommunications Systems and in Network Engineering EEL


Lecture 1

Chapter I: Combinational circuits. L1.1: Introductions and projects

P1 analysis Course introduction and how CSD projects are organised



1.1. Introduction to digital electronics

This is a short course presentation rec.

1.2. Project organisation in CSD.

How to organise CSD projects? Write each project section in a different sheet of paper, thus, think each project report consisting in at least in four sheets of paper. 

1.2.1. Specifications

What do I have to do? Circuit analysis or design.

In the first stage of project designing, customers and company staff meet together to discuss which are the features of the product under design. We do it in class investing all the necessary time to fully understand how does the system work. This section includes theory and study materials and lessons learned from other tutorials.

1.2.2. Planning

Normally we will prepare several plans and compare them.

Graphics, schematics, circuits, models, concept maps, general ideas, process flowchart, bullet lists, etc.

1.2.3. Development

Execute one one the proposed plans.

Commented computer source files, computer results, annotated graphics, pictures, timing diagrams, truth tables, circuits and other products to demonstrate that you solved the project following your plan.

1.2.4. Test and verification

Does the analysis or de design work as expected?

Verifications, comparison with results from other plans, simulator and computer results, explanations and discussions to demonstrate that your project works as expected This section includes conclussions.

In our CSD course practically all lecturing, laboratory activities and study time is devoted to solving projects as if you already were a professional engineer working in telecommunications or electronics industries:

Project phases
Fig. 1. Project sequence.

You are encouraged to write reports for the designed circuits, completing as many exercises as you can and showing them to us for discussion and improvement. Attending classes, writing class notes and original reports is the best way to learn deeply the course content and put into practice cross-curricular skills.

1.2.5. Cross-curricular skills (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) to be practised in CSD for implementing projects.

1.2.6. This is our rubric for organising and assessing projects.


Fig. 2. Each CSD project for analysing or designing a circuit is self-contained, handwritten and structured in four sections.

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Exercise: Download the first introductory chapter of a book from our library. Find a pair of questions to discuss in class.