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ELEC8040 – VLSI, Algorithms, and Systems

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

Visit the MQ COVID-19 information page for more detail.

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit Convener and Lecturer in Charge
Ediz Cetin
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44 Waterloo Road, Room: 117
Monday’s 14:00 – 16:00 hrs.
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MEngElecEng and 30cp at 3000 level or above
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, the VLSI design is driven toward a more optimised solution by analysis at higher levels.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of foundational impact of implementation technology and develop advanced VLSI engineering skills.
  • ULO2: Evaluate systems and algorithms in regard to their implementation as VLSI integrated circuits.
  • ULO3: Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.
  • ULO5: Execute a project to implement an application or VLSI algorithm and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

General Assessment Information

Grading and passing requirement for unit

In order to pass this unit a student must obtain a mark of 50 or more for the unit (i.e. obtain a passing grade P/CR/D/HD).

For further details about grading, please refer below in the policies and procedures section.

Hurdle Requirements

There are no hurdle requirements.

Late submissions and Resubmissions

Late submissions will attract a penalty of 10% marks per day. Extenuating circumstances will be considered upon lodgment of a formal notice of disruption of studies.

Once an assignment submission has closed no resubmission of assignments will be permitted.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 1 10% No Week 4
Assignment 1 Defence 15% No Week 4
Assignment 2 10% No Week 7
Assignment 2 Defence 15% No Week 7
Project Report 20% No Week 13
Project Defence 30% No Exam Period

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 10%

 

Assignment 1 Report (1000-word equivalent)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Assignment 1 Defence

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 15%

 

Assignment 1 Defence

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 15 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 10%

 

Assignment 2 Report (1000-word equivalent)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Assignment 2 Defence

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 5 hours
Due: Week 7
Weighting: 15%

 

Assignment 2 Defence

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical use of standard VLSI work products for communication and documentation of engineering processes.

Project Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 35 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 20%

 

Project Report (2000-word equivalent)

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • 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 VLSI algorithm and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

Project Defence

Assessment Type 1: Viva/oral examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 10 hours
Due: Exam Period
Weighting: 30%

 

Project Defence

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • 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 VLSI integrated circuits.
  • Incorporate design trade-offs involving area, power and performance as a result of algorithm and architecture selection for practical problems requiring VLSI solutions.
  • 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 VLSI algorithm and produce requirements, specifications, and designs for low-power, area and/or high performance.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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.

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-conduct

Results

Results published on platform other than eStudent, (eg. iLearn, Coursera etc.) or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au or if you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to help you improve your marks and take control of your study.

The Library provides online and face to face support to help you find and use relevant information resources. 

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

If you are a Global MBA student contact globalmba.support@mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Changes from Previous Offering

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