ENGR 210 / CSCI B441 Syllabus

Spring, 2019


This 3-credit* course provides a strong foundation for modern digital system design using hardware description languages. We start with basics of digital electronics and learn how digital gates are used to build large digital systems. We will practice modern digital system design by using state of the art software tools and implementation of the digital systems on a programmable hardware platform. At the end of the course, students will be familiar with modern approach for designing digital systems, using hardware description languages along with an appropriate methodology.

* 4 credits given for CSCI-B441.


Andrew Lukefahr
2032 Luddy Hall


09:30A-10:45A Tues/Thurs
IF 4111 (Luddy Hall)

11:15A-01:10P Friday
IF 4111 (Luddy Hall)


Engineering: ENGR E110 and ENGR E201
Computer Science: CSCI-C 335 Computer Structures


Digital Design: An Embedded Systems Approach Using Verilog, Peter J. Ashenden, Elsevier, Morgan Kauffman, ISBN-13: 978-012369527.

Electronic copies are available at the library. Other materials will be provided on the course website.

Topics Covered


Over the course of the semester, we will assign multiple programming projects. Full points will requires these projects be submitted to the autograder and be demonstrated on the FPGA to the TA. Initially, they will be due 1 week after they are assigned, but the deadlines will gradually increase to several weeks.

Due Dates and Extensions

Assignments turned in after the exact time and date on the assignment will receive a zero. We do not generally offer extensions. For example, we do not offer extensions due to crowded computing sites, long queue times or slow response times on the autograder, internet access problems, accidental erasure or loss of files, or outside conflicting commitments.

We will consider extension requests made in person and at least two weeks in advance, for example, for religious holidays or planned medical procedures. Additionally, we will consider requests for extensions due to documented, unanticipated medical or personal emergencies. If you can’t see the instructor in advance due to the emergency, then contact them as soon as you possibly can. In all cases, we require written proof of the emergency.


Your final grade is based on scores from the programming projects and two exams. The tentative point distribution is included in the following table. It is not likely that this will change, but circumstances might occur which would make changes necessary, at the discretion of the instructor. Once a grade has been posted to Canvas, you will have one week to appeal the grade.

Projects Exam 1 Exam 2
50% 25% 25%.

The Autograder

We will grade your programs in an autograder system that is similar to the Linux environment. Your code must be submitted, compile, and run correctly on the autograder before the deadline. We use a web-based autograder for project submissions. For some projects, the autograder will also evaluate the thoroughness of test cases you submit.

Note that for security reasons, the autograder website is only accessible from within the IU network. Therefore, you must either be on campus or connected through a VPN to access the website.

Autograder Link: https://autograder.sice.indiana.edu


We will be using Piazza to host a course forum. You are encouraged to read this regularly and post technical questions as it will be a significant source of help and hints on the projects. We do not answer technical questions via email. To save everyone time, we want all students to have the benefit of seeing each question and its answer, so please use the forum. We prohibit posting your own solutions, project code, test cases, or autograder output to the forum.

Piazza Link: https://piazza.com/class/jqchdxa4i335aa

Academic Integrity

Learning difficult or complicated material is often facilitated by discussions between students and we encourage you to form study groups to try to solve difficult problems together.

However, exams and programming projects must be your own work. Do not cheat in any way: do your own work! Doing your own work means that you must turn in your own, original work. It means you do not turn in a solution copied from somebody else or found on the web. In programming projects, working together may extend to figuring out overall strategies for solution but you may not work together or share the actual code that you submit.

Disability Services for Students

If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please let your instructor know during the first three weeks of the semester. Some aspects of this course may be modified to facilitate your participation and progress. As soon as you make us aware of your needs, we can work with the Office of Disability Services for Students (DSS) help us determine appropriate academic accommodations. Any information you provide is private and confidential and will be treated as such.

Corrections and Clarifications

We will post a Canvas announcement in the case of any critical corrections or clarifications. It is your responsibility to ensure you are able to receive Canvas announcements.

Version: 2019.1