CSCI 150: Introduction to Digital and Computer System Design

Fall 2021 (S3), CC

Office Hour
Wed 16:00-17:00; Or by Appointment
Week 9: 01.11-07.11
Week 14: 06.12-12.12

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of digital logic design, and the function and use of typical digital components belonging primarily to the small and medium scale integration (SSI, MSI) families. The design principles will be used to develop an understanding of how the functional capabilities can be provided by hardware for the operation of a microprocessor. In addition, this course will introduce the student to machine language, its relationship to the design of a computer, and its symbolic representation as assembly language. The assembly language of a particular CPU will be used to illustrate machine language programming concepts. An interactive logic simulation environment for designing and testing logic circuit design will be used for the assignments.

Textbook and References

  • Logic and Computer Design Fundamentals, 5th edition, M. Morris Mano, Charles R. Kime, Tom Martin, Pearson, 2016 (4th edition is also OK)
  • *LogicWorks5, Capilano Computing Systems Ltd, Addison-Wesley, Manual & software used for digital hardware simulation

Mano et al. is mandatory. We are only using the LogicWorks 5 software provided with the second book, the book itself is not mandatory.

You can find a copy of both books in the Library.

FLEX Videos

Weekly Content will be posted here. I try to post everything on Mondays and Tuesdays, but these videos take a long time to record and edit so I do beg for your patience.

Quiz 1 (Lecture 1)

Slides and Curriculum

Please note that you should NEVER use these slides as your only study material. It should be accompanied by either your notes or the actual textbook.

Website for drawing waveform:

Handout: Binary Identities (HS401)

Week 1
Introduction (LS0);
Lec 1 Digital Information Representations (LS1, LS2, LS3)
Assignment 1 out;
Week 2
Lec 2 Combinational Logic Circuits (LS4, LS5);
Link to LogicWorks on Moodle
Assignment 1 due;
Week 3
Lec 2 Combinational Logic Circuits (LS6, LS7)
Week 4
Lec 2 Combinational Logic Circuits (LS8)
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
Assignment 2 out;
Lab 1 out;
Quiz 1 release
Week 5
Lec 3 Combinational Logic Design (LS9, LS10)Assignment 2 due;
Lab 1 due;
Week 6
Lec 3 Combinational Logic Design (LS11, LS12)
Week 7
Lec 3 Combinational Logic Design (LS13, LS14, LS15, LS16)Assignment 3 out;
Lab 2 out;
Week 8
Review for Midterm (LS17, LS18)Assignment 3 due;
Lab 2 due;
Week 9
Lec 4 Sequential Circuits (LS19, LS20)Midterm (Online);
Week 10
Lec 4 Sequential Circuits (LS21, LS22)
Week 11
Lec 4 Sequential Circuits (LS23, LS24)Assignment 4 out;
Lab 3 out;
Week 12
Lec 5 Registers (LS26, LS27, LS28)Assignment 4 due;
Lab 3 due;
Week 13
Lec 5 Registers (LS29, LS30)
Review (LS31)
Week 14
Final (Online)



You may attempt assignments as many times you want, I will take the highest score as your final attempt.

You get one attempt on Quizzes/Midterm/Final exam. You may choose to complete your quiz at any time before week 12, but you must complete your Midterm/Final during the scheduled week.

Additionally, you will need to get at least 50% in the Final, and 50% in Labs to pass.

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy

I expect all students to uphold the principle of academic honesty. Cheating and plagiarism (presenting another person’s words or ideas as one’s own) are not acceptable behaviour at anywhere. Depending on the severity of the offence such acts can result in a grade of zero on the test or assignment, a failing grade (F) in the course, or expulsion. In all cases, the circumstances and the penalty are recorded in the student’s file.

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