Lab Syllabus

ECE526 Verilog HDL for Digital Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory
Dr. Ronald W. Mehler
Jacaranda 3303
Course web page: /526f16.htm
Lab Manual
ECE 526 Laboratory Manual, Fall 2016 Revision. It is available for free on the course
web site.
The lab manual contains directions on completing each lab and properly formatting a lab
report. Reading and understanding each chapter is required before coming to lab. Because
there is tight integration between ECE 526 and the lab, any questions about the lab to be
performed may be asked in lecture before the lab. The introductory chapters of the
manual contain essential information for preparing an acceptable lab report.
Experiments are to be performed on the workstations in the lab. Lab attendance is
mandatory. Each student must demonstrate his work during the lab period.
While the lab period should be adequate for completing each exercise, it is understood
that not all students will complete all exercise during the lab period. Labs may be
completed via remote log in from computers in the open computing lab, JD1622C or on
each student’s personal computer. Remote login instructions are on the course web site.
Because learning to use Synopsys software and the Linux operating system is integral to
ECE 526L, their use is mandatory for all labs. Use of Windows-based software such as
Xilinx student edition is not acceptable for any lab.
Food and Drink
No food or drink may be brought into the lab at any time.
Use of telephones is disruptive and is prohibited in the lab.
Course Objectives
Students are expected to gain proficiency in coding and verifying digital circuits using
Verilog/SystemVerilog Hardware Description Language, Synopsys VCS simulator and
the Linux operating system.
The lab manual contains 10 laboratory exercises. Lab reports will be due on the lab day
following the exercise unless otherwise specified in class.
Lab Report Grading
Lab reports will be graded on the following criteria.
Format: followed format as explained in the lab manual.
Completeness: Documented all required procedures and addressed all questions.
Data and Figures: Data tables, figures and graphs, if any, were used where
appropriate and were neat and properly labeled.
Discussion: Experimental procedure was clearly explained in a logical order.
Conclusion: Correctly related data to theory and drew appropriate conclusions
based on data; showed good understanding of theory.
Mechanics: used correct grammar and spelling; report was well-written and at an
appropriate level
Appearance: report looked professional
There is no specific weighting to each of the above criteria. A lab report severely
deficient in one area could receive a low grade based on that deficiency alone.
Labs 1 and 2 are five points apiece. Labs 9 and 10 are 15 points. The others are 10 each.
Letter Grades
Grade A
Grade AGrade B+
Grade B
Grade BGrade C+
Grade C
Grade CGrade D+
Grade D
Grade DGrade F
Below 50%
Academic Dishonesty
Taking credit for someone else’s work is the ultimate sin in academia. Cheating and
plagiarism will not be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating or plagiarizing in any form will
receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the university for appropriate
disciplinary action. This explicitly includes copying another student’s code or lab report