Feb 24, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours


Student Level:

This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.

Catalog Description:

MEC 3481 - Digital Electronics (3 hrs.)

The student will analyze, construct, test, and interface fundamental digital circuits including logic gates, combinational logic circuits, flip-flops, counters, encoders and decoders, shift registers, arithmetic circuits, digital to analog conversions, and analog to digital conversions.  The student will also demonstrate knowledge of numbering systems and integrated circuit specifications.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of manufacturing digital electronics.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in practical skills required to design and troubleshoot actual digital circuitry that they will see on the job.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to accurately translate between number coding systems.

  • Determine the weighting factor for each digit position in the decimal, binary, octal, and hexadecimal numbering systems.
  • Convert any number in one of the four number systems to its equivalent value in any of the remaining three numbering systems.
  • Describe the format and use of binary-coded decimal numbers.
  • Determine ASCII code for any alphanumeric data by using the ASCII code translation table.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully understand solid state relay activities.

  • Describe the parameters associated with digital voltage-versus-time waveform.
  • Convert between frequency and period for a periodic clock waveform.
  • Sketch the timing waveform for any binary string in either the serial or parallel representation.
  • Discuss the application of manual switches and electromechanical relays in electric circuits.
  • Explain the basic characteristics of diodes and transistors when they are forward circuits.
  • Calculate the output voltage in an electrical circuit containing diodes or transistors operating as digital switches.
  • Perform input/output timing analysis in electric circuits containing electromechanical relays or transistors.
  • Explain the operation of a common emitter transistor circuit used as a digital inverter switch.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully understand gate functionality.

  • Describe the operation and use of gates.
  • Construct truth tables for various gates.
  • Describe the operation, using timing analysis.
  • Draw timing diagrams.
  • Explain how to use a logic pulser and a logic probe to troubleshoot digital integrated circuits.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully apply gate logic to basic designs and standards.

  • Explain the benefits of using PLDs.
  • Describe the PLD design flow.
  • Understand the differences among PAL, SPLD, PLA, CPLD, and FPGA.
  • Interpret the output of a simulation file to describe logic operations.
  • Interpret VHDL code for the basic logic gates.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully apply gate logic to mathematical functions.

  • Perform four binary arithmetic functions.
  • Convert positive and negative numbers to signed two’s-complement notation.
  • Explain the design and operation of a half-adder and a full-adder circuit.
  • Explain the function of an arithmetic/logic.


Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully understand IC chip applications.

  • Utilize an IC magnitude comparator to perform binary comparison.
  • Describe the function of a decoder and an encoder.
  • Utilize manufacturers’ data sheets to determine the operation of IC decode and encoder chips.
  • Describe the function and uses of multiplexers and de-multiplexers.
  • Design circuits that employ multiplexer and de-multiplexer.

Projects Required:

As assigned.


Contact Bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy:

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy.

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college.  A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time.  The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability.  If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.