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ELEC840 – VLSI, Algorithms, and Systems

2017 – S2 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convener and Lecturer in Charge
Ediz Cetin
Monday’s 13:00 – 14:00 hrs, Wednesday’s 14:00 – 16:00 hrs.
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEng
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit looks at VLSI technology from the perspective of an enabling platform for digital, analog, and complete system solutions. By taking a systems approach driven by the applications and algorithms, including analog interfacing or data communication links, the VLSI design is driven toward a more optimised solution by analysis at higher levels.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  2. Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  3. Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  4. Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  6. Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Assignment 1 10% Week 5
Assignment 2 10% Week 8
Project 30% Week 13
Exam 50% Exam Date

Assignment 1

Due: Week 5
Weighting: 10%

This assignment is concerned with fixed-point modelling of VLSI functions 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Assignment 2

Due: Week 8
Weighting: 10%

This assignment is concerned with low-level implementation of fixed-point VLSI application


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Project

Due: Week 13
Weighting: 30%

Design and implementation of a given VLSI application accompanied with a report. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Exam

Due: Exam Date
Weighting: 50%

3 hrs. closed book exam. 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.

Delivery and Resources

Textbook: None required to purchase. Lecturer will provide the reading material.

Suggested references: Keshab K. Parhi, “VLSI Digital Signal Processing Systems: Design and Implementation”, Wiley, 1998.

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Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

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Graduate Capabilities

PG - Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

Our postgraduates will be capable of utilising and reflecting on prior knowledge and experience, of applying higher level critical thinking skills, and of integrating and synthesising learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments. A characteristic of this form of thinking is the generation of new, professionally oriented knowledge through personal or group-based critique of practice and theory.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Project
  • Exam

PG - Effective Communication

Our postgraduates will be able to communicate effectively and convey their views to different social, cultural, and professional audiences. They will be able to use a variety of technologically supported media to communicate with empathy using a range of written, spoken or visual formats.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Project
  • Exam

PG - Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Our postgraduates will be able to demonstrate a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content knowledge in their chosen fields.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Project
  • Exam

PG - Research and Problem Solving Capability

Our postgraduates will be capable of systematic enquiry; able to use research skills to create new knowledge that can be applied to real world issues, or contribute to a field of study or practice to enhance society. They will be capable of creative questioning, problem finding and problem solving.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as a VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate designs trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Utilise circuit optimisation techniques in VLSI circuit design.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
  • Project
  • Exam

PG - Engaged and Responsible, Active and Ethical Citizens

Our postgraduates will be ethically aware and capable of confident transformative action in relation to their professional responsibilities and the wider community. They will have a sense of connectedness with others and country and have a sense of mutual obligation. They will be able to appreciate the impact of their professional roles for social justice and inclusion related to national and global issues

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment task

  • Project

PG - Capable of Professional and Personal Judgment and Initiative

Our postgraduates will demonstrate a high standard of discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgment. They will have the ability to make informed choices and decisions that reflect both the nature of their professional work and their personal perspectives.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • Execute a project to implement an application or algorithm into a VLSI technology and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Assessment tasks

  • Project
  • Exam