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ELE1301 Computer Engineering

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Computer Engineering
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031305 - Computer Engineering
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Catherine Hills


This course provides a fundamental understanding of the operation of the digital computer. It includes digital logic fundamentals; number systems; design and programming of microcontroller systems; analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters; input/output methods; general interface techniques and an introduction to PLCs with practical examples.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand and create system specification documents:
  2. design combinational digital circuits using basic logic elements;
  3. explain the operation of a typical PCL: and
  4. program a typical PLC to perform a specific task using FBD and ladder code.
  5. describe the architecture and operation of a typical microcontroller;
  6. examine number systems and data types and demonstrate their application in computer code
  7. program microcontrollers using graphical and high level language
  8. explain the operation, and evaluate typical applications, of analogue to digital and digital and analogue coverters;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Number systems and Information coding 10.00
2. System Specifications and Documentation 10.00
3. Digital Logic 20.00
4. Introduction to PLCs 15.00
5. Algorithms and Data Types 10.00
6. Microcontroller programming 25.00
7. Microcontroller applications 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Arduino Starter Kit Available from RS Components or Element 14.
Students will require access to a Windows PC to run software for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Examinations 2.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 41.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 10 14 Mar 2019 1,2,4
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 11 Apr 2019 1,4
Assignment 3 200 20 23 May 2019 1,6,7
EXAMINATION 500 50 End S1 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
PART A OF 2 HOUR CLOSED EXAM 200 20 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester. The 2 hour examination is in two parts. Part A requires an examination answer sheet. Part B requires an answer booklet.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the combined marks available for Parts A and B of that assessment item.
    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. IEEE is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use IEEE style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For further information on this referencing style, refer to the below website: