Entry Requirements and Weighting

Credit Points:15 credit points
Level:Year 1, Core
Workload:Timetabled hours/week: 4(Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/Lab = 2 hours)
 Personal study hours per week: 5


Unit Coordinator/Lecturer (Melbourne)

Dr Francis Toma,


Prof Savitri Bevinakoppa,

Brief Description

This is one of a core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) BEngTech(Tel). This unit addresses the BEngTech(Tel) course learning outcomes and complement other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in digital systems, principles and practices, both at the device and circuit level and applying professional technical skills in telecommunications and networks equipment. For further course information refer to:

Digital technology has become one’s everyday lives and can be seen its use in handheld gadgets, computers, robotics, medical, etc. This unit will enhance students’ basic understanding of the digital system concepts such as number systems, logic gates for combinatorial logic circuit design, latches and flip flops. The student will be able to apply the concepts of digital systems to industrial applications, and apply the digital concepts in wired and integrated electronic applications. This unit will also enhance students’ physics knowledge by introducing them to the fundamentals of Vibrations and Waves, and Optics. Topics include wave anatomy such as; wavelength, amplitude, frequency, wave period, motion, speed, wave interference, properties of light, how light works, reflection, refraction, and diffraction. It also provides a solid knowledge concerning Electricity and circuits’ types and their main parts. Modulation and demodulation techniques are also covered which are very important concepts in digital communication. Laboratories will consolidate in depth students understanding through practical experiments.  

This unit will cover the following topics:

  • Digital Number System Conversion
  • Using Logic gates
  • Boolean Algebra and DeMorgan’s theorem
  • Logic Circuits
  • Combinational vs. Sequential circuits
  • Multivibrator Circuits
  • Vibration and Waves
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Optics
  • Modulation and Demodulation

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe Boolean algebra and other techniques to express and simplify logic expressions
  2. Design combinational and sequential digital systems.
  3. Analyse hands-on approach to digital systems and electronic circuits
  4. Solve digital system problems under supervision
  5. Building digital circuits and microprocessor
  6. apply knowledge, techniques, skills and  tools of digital systems
  7. Develop physics knowledge in relation to telecommunication engineering 

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.

The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit is as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and  Life-long LearnerEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamworkKnowledge of Field


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Extent covered

                               The standard  is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations
 The standard is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard