Engineering 338

Digital Electronics


What you need to know to get through this class.

General Information:

Lecture Room: Berndt Hall 610
Lab Room: Berndt Hall 672
Class Times: MWF 11:15-12:10
Lab Time: T-Th 1:25-4:25

Charles L. Hakes
Office : Berndt 630
Office phone: 247-7242 (However, this is not the best way to contact me.)
Office hours: schedule
e-mail: (This is the best way to contact me)
Web Site:

Class Information:

Catalog Description: Introduction to the building blocks of digital computer design.  Application of Boolean algebra to the synthesis of logic circuits form logic elements.  The design and implementation of combinational and sequential circuits.  Understanding of hardware operations in a simple computer.  Includes engineering design applications.  (3-3)  Pre-requisites: ENGR 104.

Course Outcomes with corresponding ABET Criteria/outcomes:

Text: Digital Design: Basic Concepts and Principles Principles,  by Karim and Chen.  I will also be using some information from Digital Logic Design Principles, by Balabanian and Carlson, Digital Logic Design Tutorials and Laboratory Exercises, by Passafiume and Douglas, and Digital Design Principles and Practices, by Wakerly.

Lab Requirement:  You MUST be concurrently signed up for the lab section that meets on Thursday.  Your overall grade will depend on your lab grade.  If you are passing both classes, your lab grade will count approximately 25%.  However, I will tie the grades together such that it will be hard to pass the class if you are not passing the lab. 

Prerequisites: ENGR 104 (computer programming, which has a prerequisite of MATH 121, pre-calculus)

Math Requirement:  I will assume you are very comfortable with college algebra.  You will likely find some of the concepts in boolean algebra to be more challenging than the concepts found in "traditional" college algebra.

Homework Requirement:  This is a problem solving class.  You must know how to solve problems to do the homeworks and pass the tests.  The only way to become proficient is to practice.  So... there will be homework from every chapter we cover in class.  The homework doesn't count as much as the tests, but you will find the tests rather difficult if you have not done the homework. 

Withdrawing from Class - The last day to withdraw from this class with a "W" is right after mid-term, as shown on the Fort Lewis College schedule.

Academic (dis)honesty:  Any incidents of cheating on quizzes or exams will result in a zero score and may be reported to the office of academic affairs, and an F for the course.  I do encourage you to work together to discuss the homework.  Unacceptable collaboration on a homework assignment (e.g. just copying) will result in a score of zero for the entire assignment.  Don't Copy!  You are even required to work collaboratively on lab reports and project presentations.  However, for specified assignments your written answer must be in your own words. Answer in your own words in order to actually learn something!

Accessibility: Fort Lewis College is committed to providing all students a liberal arts education through a personalized learning environment. If you think you have or you do have a documented disability which will need reasonable academic accommodations, please contact, Dian Jenkins, the Director of Disability Services, 280 Noble Hall, 970-247-7383, and/or for an appointment as soon as possible.