Digital Electronics (DE) -- one semester course in the Pathway to Engineering course sequence
Analyze, design, and build your own digital electronic circuits, the technology that powers your cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, camera, and HD television. The demand for greater signal speed, storage capacity, and applications drives industry’s need for creative problem-solvers and innovators like you!
 
Start with terminology, communication methods, engineering standards, analog/digital circuits, soldering, and troubleshooting techniques. Then learn digital theory fundamentals: combination logic, sequential logic, process and control experiments, and microcontrollers. You will design and build a variety of projects: a random number generator (think “random quote of the day”), a tollbooth gate, a garage door opener’s circuit, and a 60-second timer circuit.l Before you know it, you will be diving into robotics: programming microchips and an Arduino microcontroller using VEX systems
 
Digital Electronics (DE), one of the specialized courses in TCD's PLTW Pathway to Engineering course sequence. This is a high school level course for students interested in electronics. This course assumes no previous knowledge, but students are expected to be concurrently enrolled in college preparatory mathematics and science courses at their high school. If you are not familiar with the list of topics below, don't worry -- that's the language of electronics and you will learn it one step at a time! Students who have completed the foundation courses Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and Principles of Engineering (POE) at TCD or their high school can easily transition into this course.
 
 

This is not a comprehensive list of all available skills and goals, but given to show the scope of the curriculum. Changes may occur year to year based on industry input, change in focus, or other factors. Please contact the program instructor or coordinator for additional information.

 

The course of study includes:

 

Fundamentals of Analog & Digital Electronics

Foundations and Board Game

Introduction to Analog

Introduction to Digital

 

Combination Logic

AOI Logic

NAND / NOR Logic

Date of Birth Design

Combinational Logic Circuits

Programmable Logic                            

 

Sequential Logic 

Latches and Flip Flops

Asynchronous Counters

Synchronous Counters

State Machine Design

 

Microcontrollers

Introduction to Microcontrollers

Microcontrollers and the Boe-Bot

Boe-Bot Design Projects

PLTW – Digital Electronics (DE) -  1 Semester

Course Description

If you are fascinated by today’s ever morphing digital devices, imagine learning how they work – and better still, how they can be improved by YOU. Learn to install, customize, repair, and maintain today’s cutting  edge technology. Configure PC networks and explore the role of engineering design,  robotics, and industrial motorsin today’s automated systems.

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Analyze, design, and build your own digital electronic circuits, the technology that powers your cell phone, MP3 player, tablet, camera, and HD television. The demand for greater signal speed, storage capacity, and applications drives industry’s need for creative problem solvers and innovators like you!

 

Start with the basics: theory, terminology, communication methods, engineering standards, and troubleshooting techniques. Before you know it, you will be programming microchips and a basic stamp microcontroller. DE is one of the specialized courses in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) “Pathway to Engineering” course sequence. Prior completion of the IED and POE foundation courses (through TCD or your high school) is suggested, though not required.

 

.Course Goals/Objectives: Digital Electronics (DE)

 
Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as mobile phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras and high-definition televisions. Students are introduced to the process of combinational and sequential logic design, engineering standards and technical documentation.
    Course Outline
     
    Digital Electronics is offered Fall and Spring Semesters
     
    Prerequisites   
    An eagerness to be challenged
    Fundamentals of Analog and Digital Electronics    
    Introduction to Analog
    Introduction to Digital
    Combinational Logic
    Introduction to NAND and NOR Logic
    Digital Design Project
    Combinational Logic Circuits & Application Circuit Design

    Programmable Logic – Field Programmable Grid Array Circuitry

    Sequential Logic

    Asynchronous Counter

    Introduction to State-Machine Design Process

    Microcontrollers – Programmable Interface Controllers
    Robotic Fundamentals
     
    *Instructor reserves the right to add, delete any of the above, including assignments, quizzes, exams.