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ELE1301 Computer Engineering

Semester 1, 2021 Online
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


Engineering and computing professionals work daily with digital technology. An understanding of digital logic and microprocessors forms a critical basis for further studies and employment in many areas of engineering and computing. Through understanding the design and operation of basic microcontroller systems, students become capable of specifying, designing, programming and testing simple systems, which are critical skills in many areas of engineering.


Using the Arduino Uno as a base, this course aims to develop 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 conversion; 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, use and create system specification documents;
  2. design combinational digital circuits using basic logic elements;
  3. explain the operation of a typical PLC:
  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 converters.


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

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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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
Directed Study 78.00
Private Study 17.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
ONLINE QUIZ 100 10 08 Mar 2021 6
DESIGN ASSIGNMENT 1 250 25 22 Mar 2021 1,2,4
DESIGN ASSIGNMENT 2 250 25 19 Apr 2021 1,3,4
DESIGN ASSIGNMENT 3 400 40 24 May 2021 1,5,6,7,8

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).

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has 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:
    There is no exam for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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:

Date printed 18 June 2021