Course Title: Provide Gate Array solutions for complex electronics systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: EEET7063C

Course Title: Provide Gate Array solutions for complex electronics systems

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff


Sukhvir Judge
Ph: +61 3 9925 4470

William Lau
Program Manager
Ph:+61 3 9925 4703
Appointment by email


Nominal Hours: 60

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 design and development of electronic systems using gate array technology. It encompasses working safely, following design briefs and applying knowledge of gate arrays and interpreting device specifications, constructing prototypes, using appropriate development software, applying programming techniques, testing developed system prototype operation, verifying compliance of the design against the final brief and documenting design and development work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH189A Provide Gate Array solutions for complex electronics systems


1. Prepare to design and develop advanced gate array systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1  OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.

1.2  Operational safety procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood

1.3  The extent of the proposed gate array system design and development is determined from the design brief or in consultation with appropriate person(s).

1.4  Design and development work is planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work site.

1.5  Materials and devices/components required for the work are selected on compatibility of their specifications with system requirements and project budget constraints.

1.6  Tools, equipment, software and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.


2. Design and develop advanced gate array systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1  OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.

2.2  Knowledge of gate array devices, gate array systems and compliance standards are applied to the design.

2.3  Alternative arrangements for the design and development are considered based on the requirements outlined in the design brief.

2.4  Safety, functional and budget considerations are incorporated in the design.

2.5  Prototype devices and circuits are constructed and tested for compliance with the design brief and regulatory requirements.

2.6  Prototype malfunctions are rectified and retested to ensure effective operation with the design.

2.7  Gate array system design and development is documented for submission to appropriate person(s) for approval.

2.8  Solutions to unplanned situation are provided consistent with organisation policy.


3. Obtain approval for the design and development of advanced gate array systems and document.

Performance Criteria:

3.1  Gate array system design is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).

3.2  Requests for design modifications are negotiated with relevant person(s) within the constraints of organisation policy.

3.3  Final design and development is documented and approval obtained from appropriate person(s).

3.4  Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organisational or professional standards.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practical laboratory tests
• Reports
• Guest speakers
• Site visit(s)

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA 1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEH189A in the Assessment Matrix.
Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:


Week Topics Delivered Elements/Performance Criteria
1 Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS procedures etc


2 Introduction to PLDs


3 Comparative study of CPLDs and FPGAs UEENEEH189A:2.1,2.2,2.3

Selection of devices and other resources for implementation of FPGA design based on specifications

Introduction to hardware description language


Introduction to hardware description language

Practical Test

6 Introduction to hardware description language UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4
7 Introduction to hardware description language UEENEEH189A: 1.4,1.5,1.6,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6
8 Creating designs using CAD tools UEENEEH189A: 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8

Creating instants of components and interconnecting the design using HDL

Timing simulations, Analysis and Hazards
UEENEEH189A: 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
10 Implementing designs in FPGAs UEENEEH189A: 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6
11 Assessment for Practical Assignment UEENEEH189A: 1.4,1.5,1.6,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
12 Constructing FPGA based prototypes UEENEEH189A:12.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8

Testing FPGA based prototypes

 UEENEEH189A: 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2
14  Student project  UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
15  Student project  UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
16  Student project
Task 2: project
 UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3
17  Project Assessment  UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
18  Project Assessment  UEENEEH189A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum  6 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on the blackboard

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Practical Test
Assessment 2: Practical Assignment
Assessment 3: Project and Project Report

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered Practical test Practical Assignment Project & Project Report
1.1   x x
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1.5   x x
1.6 x x x
2.1 x x x
2.2 x x x
2.3   x x
2.4   x x
2.5   x x
2.6   x x
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2.8   x x
3.1   x x
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3.3   x x
3.4   x x


Assessment Tasks

  • Practical Test - Week 5
  • Practical Assignment - Week 11
  • Project - Week 17-18

To be deemed competent, student must achieve satisfactory (S) results in ALL assessments.
This course is assessed as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course results are allocated:

CA - Competency Achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEH189A Elements & Performance Criteria

  UEENEEH189A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
Practical test     x x   x x x                    
Practical Assignment  x x  x x x x x  x x x x  x x x x
Project x x x x x x x x x x x x  x x  x  x  x  x

 Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
 Assessments EA1.1 EA1.2 EA1.3 EA1.4 EA1.5 EA1.6 EA2.1 EA2.2 EA2.3 EA2.4 EA3.1 EA3.2 EA3.3 EA3.4 EA3.5 EA3.6
Practical Test       x     x       x       x     x         x          
Practical Assignment  x x x  x x   x


x x x x        
Project x x x x x x  x x x x  x x x  x  
All Assessments UEENEEH189A     2     3     2     0    2     1     3     3     2     1     1     2     1      1     1     0
0 (Blank) Graduate attribute is not assessed
1 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2 Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3 Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):
You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:
•    Relevant
•    Current
•    Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course
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Study Support:

Study Support (Previously named as Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you.
Services offered by Study Support to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:
- assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development
Please Refer to find more information about Study Support.

Equitable Learning Services (ELS):
If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Equitable Learning Services (ELS) to seek advice and support to complete your studies.
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Late submission:
If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.
If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Other Information:

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