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Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus HE1004 (Spring 2015–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Number systems and codes
  • Binary arithmetic
  • Logical operators and logical gates
  • Boolean algebra
  • Combinational networks
  • Sequential networks
  • VHDL Hardware description language
  • Programmable logic circuits
  • Semiconductor memories

Intended learning outcomes

The main purpose of the course is to provide good knowledge about the most common digital components and building blocks and how they are used, as well as to provide basic knowledge and training in the analysis and design of digital systems and to use modern hardware description language to implement digital circuits.

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • do conversions between different number systems and to describe some different number and alphanumeric codes.
  • explain the fundamental function of digital combinational and sequential building blocks.
  • analyze and design combinational and sequential logic circuits.
  • describe the behaviour of digital components and building blocks with hardware description language.
  • simulate with computer tools the description of a digital system and to implement the design in programmable logic.
  • do prototyping, testing and troubleshooting of digital systems.
  • collect and to interpret information from data sheets and other information sources
  • explain function, operation and layout of different memory systems.

Course Disposition

Laboratory exercises

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge corresponding to “general and specific eligibility for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, degree Programme in Electrical Engineering”.

Recommended prerequisites

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Hemert: Digitala kretsar, Studentlitteratur, ISBN 91-44-01918-1

Stefan Sjöholm och Lennart Lindh,  VHDL för konstruktion, Studentlitteratur, ISBN: 978-91-44-09373-4

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LABA - Laboratory Work, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written examination
Practical exercises

The final grade in the course is based on the written examination

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HE1004

Offered by

ITM/Sustainable Production Development

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

The course consists of lectures, exercises, compulsory lab work, and self studies.