Course Title: Troubleshoot digital subsystems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: EEET6751C

Course Title: Troubleshoot digital subsystems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Ganesh Naik

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4252

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr Sukhvir Singh Judge Judge
Phone: +613 9925 4470 Fax: +613 99254377

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of digital systems. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, including the use of voltage, current and resistance measuring devices, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable problems in digital components circuits.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH012B Troubleshoot digital subsystems


Complete work and document troubleshooting activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to troubleshooting problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with
established procedures.


Prepare to troubleshoot digital subsystems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the fault is obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken.
1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are established in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for
correct operation and safety.


Troubleshoot digital subsystems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements
and procedures.
2.4 Fault finding is approached methodically drawing on knowledge of digital components using measured and calculated values of parameters.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Fault finding activities are carried out efficiently without unnecessary waste of materials or damage
to apparatus and the surrounding environment or

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
The learning activities will include lectures, class room tutorials, practical exercises and work simulated project/s.

Teaching Schedule

Week                                    Topic                                                                                         Assessment Task
    1           Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics 
                  breakdown, resources, OHS issues etc
    2           Introduction to Digital Electronics 
    3           Number systems
    4          Logic gates, timing diagrams and interfacing between
                different logic families
    5          Boolean Algebra and Logic simplification                                                 Laboratory assessment1 -15%
    6          Boolean Algebra and logic simplification 
    7          Logic simplification using K-maps
    8          Combinational logic analysis 
    9          Combinational logic design                                                                         Laboratory assessment2 -15%
   10        Common combinational logic circuits: Decoders,
                encoders, code converters, Multiplexers, demultiplexers etc
   11        Latches and Flip-flops
   12        Counters and shift registers
   13        A/D and D/A converters
   14        Display devices: LCDs and 7-Seg displays
   15        Student Project
   16        Student project
   17        Student project                                                                                                 Student project assessment- 30%
   18        Assessment feedback, catch-up test, laboratory
                work catch-up.                                                                                                  Written Exam 40%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Digital fundamentals by Thomas L. Floyd

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical test
Written Examination

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 : 30%

Assessment task 1 will be two  practical tests.

Assessment task 2: 30%
A Digital project: - Students will be required to construct and test a project based on PLDs or FPGAs and will be required to produce a project report. The project will commence on week 10 and students need to demonstrate the working project and submit the reports by week 17. The project details will be provided on the learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 3 : 40%
A Written Examination will be held on week 18 based on all the learning aspects of these competencies.

Assessment Matrix


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