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A Novel Approach for Introducing Digital Systems


School of Engineering


Padnos College of Engineering and Computing




Abstract Traditional digital system courses commonly spend significant time at the start of each semester introducing binary number systems prior to addressing combinational logic networks. While this helps place logic operators in context, it delays circuit-based labs. This paper will outline that with a slight change in course sequencing, it is possible to start students off on bit level digital logic circuits and then progress to the encoding of data via the binary numbering system. This allows students to immediately start working with integrated circuits after just one lecture, thus enabling lab sections to utilize the first week of a course. Included in this paper are examples of lectures and the accompanying labs utilizing the proposed sequence of topics.

Conference Name

ASEE NCS Conference

Conference Location

Rochester, MI

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