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Digital Design with HDL - ELE00030I

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Gianluca Tempesti
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

This module introduces students to digital design concepts along with the appropriate role of Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) in the modern digital design flow. Particular emphasis will be placed on using HDLs for the synthesis of digital circuits on one side and on the development of appropriate testing through the use of HDL test benches and simulation.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To introduce the concept and operation of hardware description languages: the basic syntax and structures of an HDL language, the implementation of digital designs using synthesizable HDL, basic simulation tools for digital designs and the concepts of testing and debugging of digital designs

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop the ability to express algorithms in individual steps, and encode these steps in a programming language

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Understand and have practice in the design of complex digital circuits using a hierarchical approach
  • Be familiar with the modern design flow for digital circuits and the relevant software tools
  • Be able to design digital circuits using HDL
  • Be able to use simulation to verify the operation of digital circuits
  • Be able to synthesize digital circuits

Graduate skills learning outcomes After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Have developed the ability to convert complex systems into simple components


Task Length % of module mark
Digital Design with HDL - Coursework
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Coursework is effectively a single assessment split over 4 hand-in dates. Reassessment is 1 hand-in.


Task Length % of module mark
Digital Design with HDL - Coursework
N/A 100

Module feedback

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A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

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