Maui Community College Course Outline 1. Alpha and Number

Maui Community College
Course Outline
1. Alpha and Number
ETRO 201
Course Title
Digital Computer Technology I
Date of Outline
January 29, 2004
2. Course Description
Introduces digital computer technology including
number systems and codes, Boolean algebra, logic
circuits, multivibrator circuits, data control circuits
and trouble shooting of digital circuits.
3. Contact Hours/Type
6 hrs. lecture-lab
4. Prerequisites
ETRO 101 with at least a C or consent
Recommended Preparation
Approved by _____________________________________ Date________________
5. General Course Objectives
Analyze and test digital logic circuits. Analyze and test computer building block
circuits including combinational, sequential and data control circuits. Use test
equipment to troubleshoot digital circuits.
6. Specific Course Objectives, Competencies, and Student Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
a. Describe INPUT/OUTPUT conditions for digital circuits
b. Identify AND, OR and NOT Boolean equations and functions
c. Describe the purpose of Data Books
d. Identify IC packaging
e. Describe the purpose of Buffer and Inverter circuits
f. Identify the voltage thresholds and signals produced by clock generators
g. Describe operations of logic probes
h. Measure waveforms and logic levels of AND gates
i. Measure waveforms and logic levels of OR gates
j. Measure waveforms and logic levels of NOT gates
k. Measure waveforms and logic levels of NAND gates
l. Measure waveforms and logic levels of NOR gates
m. Test XOR and XNOR gates
n. Troubleshoot Combinational logic circuits
o. Describe TTL and CMOS logic circuits
p. Convert Binary, Decimal and Hexadecimal numbers
q. Identify and test Encoders
r. Identify and test decoders
s. Measure outputs of comparators
t. Identify and test Flip-flop operations
u. Identify and test Data, Register and Memory circuits
v. Design and test counter circuits
7. Recommended Course Content and Approximate Time Spent on Each Topic
1-2 weeks Introduction to digital electronics and digital hardware (a,c,d,g)
1-2 weeks Digital test equipment, troubleshooting, AND and OR gates (a,b,f,g,h,i)
1-2 weeks NOT, NAND, NOR, XOR and XNOR gates (a,b,e,h,i,j,k,l,m)
1-2 weeks Computational logic circuits and universal logic gates. Number systems
and number systems conversions (a,b,e,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,p)
1-2 weeks Binary math operations; decimal encoders and binary decoders. (a,n,p)
1-2 weeks Comparators and combinational circuit troubleshooting (a,f,h,n,o,s)
1-2 weeks Introduction to Flip-flops and RS flip-flops; JK Flip-flops and D Latch
1-2 weeks Registers and memory circuits, data storage registers (f,n,p,q,r,u)
1-2 weeks Shift registers and RAM memory (f,n,p,q,r,u)
1-2 weeks Counters, ripple counters and UP/DOWN counters (f,n,q,r,u,v)
1 week
Review and Final (a-v)
8. Text and Materials, Reference Materials, Auxiliary Materials and Content
An appropriate text(s) and materials will be chosen at the time the course is to be
offered from those currently available in the field. A representative example is:
Ronald J. Tocci, Digital Systems-Principles and Applications, PrenticeHall
Text(s) may be supplemented with:
Accompanying practice exercises if available
Articles, handouts and/or exercises prepared by the instructor
Magazine or newspaper articles
On-line materials
Engineering Notebook
9. Recommended Course Requirements and Evaluation
Specific course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor at the time the
course is being offered. Suggested requirements might include, but are not limited to:
Evaluation and Grading
Examinations (written and/or oral)
In-class exercises
Attendance and/or class participation
10. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods vary considerably with instructors and specific instructional
methods will be at the discretion of the instructor teaching the course. Suggested
techniques might include, but are not limited to:
Lecture, problem solving, and class exercises or readings
Class discussions or guest lectures
Audio, visual or presentations involving the internet
Visual step-by-step instruction with students following along
Student class presentations
Group or individual projects
Service Learning