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MSc Digital Systems Engineering Project - ELE00048M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Ruwan Gajaweera
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

The Digital Systems Engineering group project will develop knowledge and skills to undertake complex industrial or academic research projects. The project takes the students through different stages of the design and implementation of a modern FPGA based digital system, which will culminate in the construction of a complex real-word device.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21 to Summer Vacation 2020-21

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To involve the students in a life-like project involving the investigation of a specified problem in communications and digital signal processing, and/or the design, simulation, construction and testing of a specified piece of equipment.

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in critically evaluating and synthesising new information based on researched information and writing concise technical reports appropriate for the target audience
  • To develop advanced skills in designing, delivering and defending engaging presentations on advanced topics, appropriate for the target audience
  • To develop skills in planning and managing their own work and the work of the others by constructive interaction with the other group members to achieve a common goal
  • To develop skills to place their own work in the context of a larger task.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to research, design, construct and verify a substantial part of a project in a complex and/or specialised area in digital systems engineering
  • Be able to design, simulate, implement and verify hardware and/or software components to be integrate into a larger system


Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to construct concise technical reports that critically evaluate and synthesise new information based on research, appropriate for the target audience
  • Be able to design, deliver and defend persuasive technical presentations based on selected reliable evidence to the target audiences
  • Be able to present and defend their own work in a viva setting
  • Be able to plan and manage their own work and the work of the others to achieve a common goal


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

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. 

Indicative reading

Some general, on design methodology, schedule and team-working.

Some specific to the tasks set by each stream which is contributing a task.

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