Course detail

Pulse and Digital Techniques

FEKT-KICTAcad. year: 2015/2016

Course is focused to two domains: impulse and digital techniques. Students become familiar with the analog circuits, used for transmission and processing of nonlinear systems. Further, students get the theoretical and experimental experiences with design and implementation of the combinational and sequential systems (convertors, counters, state machines). Part of the course is the programing in VHDL language and its application for programmable logical devices.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able: (a) memorize and describe the basic properties of impulse and digital devices, (b) design a nonlinear system for transmission and processing impulse signals, (c) design a combinational system, (d) design an asynchronous and synchronous subsystem, (e) program the basic structures in VHDL language, (f) use digital devices.


Fundamentals of electronic devices (passive, semiconductors) and Boolean algebra are the pre-requisites.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and computer laboratories. Students have to submit 7 homeworks during the semester. All learning materials are available at eLearning.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Homeworks from lectures and computer labs during semester (30 points), final exam (70 points).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Impulse signals in linear and nonlinear transmission circuits.
2. Diodes and transistors in pulse circuits.
3. Analog comparators, flip-flops.
4. Introduction to digital techniques.
5. Realization of combinational logic functions.
6. Introduction to sequential systems.
7. Asynchronous and synchronous systems.
8. State machines.
9. Technical realization of digital integrated circuits.
10. Introduction to VHDL language.

Computer exercises:
1. Impulse signal transmission in linear and nonlinear systems.
2. Design and simulation of transistor switch.
3. Design of analogue comparator.
4. Introduction to combinational logic functions.
5. Implementation of combinational logic functions 1.
6. Implementation of combinational logic functions 2.
7. Synchronous counters 1.
8. Synchronous counters 2.
9. Synchronous systems, state machines.
Individual project

Laboratory exercises:
1. Monstable and astable flipflops.
2. Timer 555.
3. Comparable amplifier.
4. Combinational logic circuits.
5. Synthesis of combinational logic functions.
6. Hazards.
7. Digital sequentional system.
8. Asynchronous and synchronous counters.
9. Asynchronous counters, synchronous counters, and state machines.


The aim of the course is to present the fundamentals of the impulse and digital devices and to present the practical approaches of combinational, asynchronous, and synchronous systems design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BK Bachelor's

    branch BK-EST , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer