Unit 1 Overview
For many students, Digital Electronics™ (DE) is the first exposure to digital circuit design in high school. Students may have learned about electricity and circuits in previous courses such Principles of Engineering or Physics, but this course is unique in that the focus is on circuit design, not just understanding the scientific principles that make a circuit work.
In Unit 1: Foundations in Electronics, students will explore the fundamental components, concepts, equipment, and skill sets associated with circuit design. They will learn an engineering design process that can be used to guide the creation of circuits based on a set of design requirements. Throughout the course, students will learn about advancements in circuits and circuit design that have shaped the world of digital electronics today.
In this unit, students will be introduced to a full digital circuit design example named the Random Number Generator. This example will show how an analog section, combinational logic section, and sequential logic section can be designed to work together to generate a random output each time an input button is pushed. The presentation of this example is meant to give students an understanding of a complete design. Deeper understanding of the board game counter circuit design will be achieved as students progress through the course.
In Lesson 1.1: Introduction to Electronics, students will learn to distinguish between analog and digital components. They will begin by exploring basic circuits and the measurement tools used to characterize and validate calculations that predict a circuit’s behavior. Students will be able to clearly describe electrical circuits, voltage, current, resistance, series and parallel circuits, Ohm’s law, and how to use a digital multimeter to measure voltage. Students will be introduced to common components such as resistors, capacitors, light emitting diodes (LEDs), seven-segment displays, combinational logic gates, and sequential logic gates.
- Worksheets 20%
- Projects 20%
- Quizzes & Exams 40%
- Final Exam 20%