Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The course aims to present, mainly though substantial practical experience, the design methodology of Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS).

Principal learning outcomes

• Critique the main principles of ASICs, smart systems and devices • Design ASICS and MEMS through practical experience using typical modern Computer Aided Design software for this task • Understand emerging techniques in ASICs, MEMS and smart sensor systems. • Evaluate the principles and processes involved in the implementation of complex VLSI circuits and MEMS devices

Timetabled teaching activities

20 lectures (1 hr each) 5 laboratory designs (3 hrs each) 1 revision class (1 hr) 114 hours of reading exercises and self-study

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Other essential notes

Advice and Feedback hours are arranged for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions. Exam and coursework must be passed »40%

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES434-15)
C3 (Assessed/examined work) Laboratory Report 25%
  Design Report 25%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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