Overview of Digital Electronics


This two-day intensive course is intended for individuals with little prior knowledge of electrical/electronic engineering who want to get a feeling for the subject and for individuals whose knowledge is “rusty" or out of date.

The course will be presented in an informal and flexible style. Interaction will be encouraged to ensure that the course proceeds at the pace and depth appropriate to the audience.

The material will be illustrated by visual, physical and computer simulation examples throughout.

When you register for the course, you will be invited to contact the presenter to indicate your background, your areas of interest and what you want out of the course. The presenter will adapt the course coverage and emphasis to meet the needs of those on the course. PCs will be used to run some illustrative exercises and examples.

Digital Fundamentals 2016 textbook

All delegates will receive a copy of the latest edition of Digital Fundamentals by T L Floyd. This book is included in the course fee. The book will be used together with the course materials and is very useful for future reference and further study.

The course text is colourfully illustrated and gives encouragement for further self-study after the course. It will be complemented by copies of Dr Will Moore’s own notes and slides gleaned from his lifetime experience of electronics and teaching electronics.


  • A quick insight into modern digital electronics
  • Emphasis on practical devices and systems
  • No prior knowledge assumed (but previous exposure to school-level science/maths assumed)
  • Can be used as a refresher
  • Emphasis & examples will be tailored to needs of delegates
  • Hands-on simulations

What people say about the course...


Very informative, pitched at the right level. Will has been an excellent presenter
- James Spencer, Selex ES Ltd

Very good course, enough information to use in my job and a good starting point to go deeper into the topic in the future. Dr Moore was very good, approachable and tailored discussions to attendee’s needs
- Calum Button, Systems Engineer, UTAS

A thoroughly enjoyable overview of Digital Electronics, this course was perfect
- Geoff Martin, Camera Systems Scientist, Andor Technology Plc

Programme details

This course is intended for individuals with limited prior knowledge of electrical/electronic engineering.


  • digital and analogue quantities
  • binary digits
  • logic levels
  • logic gates
  • binary numbers
  • bytes and words
  • binary arithmetic

Digital Logic:

  • inverters
  • AND gate
  • OR gate
  • NAND
  • NOR
  • Exclusive-OR
  • integrated circuits

Combinational Logic:

  • truth tables
  • Boolean algebra
  • the Karnaugh map
  • DeMorgan's theorem
  • the universal property of NAND gates

Applications of combinational logic:

  • adders
  • comparators
  • decoders and encoders
  • multiplexers and demultiplexers
  • parity checkers

Integrated Circuit Technologies:

  • CMOS circuits
  • emitter-coupled logic (ECL)
  • gallium asenide (GaAS)
  • programmable logic devices (PLDs)
  • field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)

Sequential logic:

  • latches and flip-flops
  • master-slave and edge-triggered devices
  • D-types, S-R types and J-K types

Synchronous logic:

  • counters
  • shift registers
  • the finite state machine (FSM)
  • Implementation with PLDs and FPGAs.

Memory and Storage:

  • random-access memories (RAMs)
  • read-only memories (ROMs)
  • programmable memory (PROMs, EPROMs, Flash)
  • magnetic and optical storage


  • digital-to-analog converters (DACs)
  • analog-to-digital converters (ADCs)
  • data buses


  • typical architectures
  • central processing unit (CPU)
  • programme and data memories
  • registers
  • buses
  • input/output (I/O) ports
  • the control unit


Participants who attend the full course will receive a University of Oxford certificate of attendance. This will be presented to you prior to the end of the course wherever possible.

The certificate will show your name, the course title and the dates of the course you attended.


Description Costs
Standard course fee £835.00


Fees include course materials, tuition, refreshments and lunches. The price does not include accommodation.

All courses are VAT exempt.

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Click the “book now” button on this webpage. Payment by credit or debit card is required.

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Send a completed application form to the course administrator by email or post. Please do not send card details via email.


Dr Will Moore


Dept of Engineering Science (Retired Lecturer)
University of Oxford

Will Moore has had a lifetime in Electronic Engineering, starting with the design of fault-tolerant and self-testing systems and later moving into research and consultancy on the design and test of integrated circuits.

He was a lecturer at Oxford University for many years and is now an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford.

He is the author of numerous technical papers and books and was also the Academic Director of the University of Oxford Technology Programme until his retirement in 2013.


If you would like to discuss your application or any part of the application process before applying, please click Contact Us at the top of this page.

Level and demands

This course is intended for individuals with little prior knowledge of electrical/electronic engineering who want to get a feeling for the subject and for individuals whose knowledge is "rusty" or out of date.

A previous exposure to basic science and maths at school will be assumed; maximum benefit will accrue to those who have attended higher education in a technical subject or who have experience in a related area.

Typical attendees may include:


  • those in jobs which bring them into contact with electronics (such as software engineers, mechanical engineers, drafts persons, PCB designers and production/assembly personnel)
  • employees working with electronic products (such as managers and sales persons)
  • people coming into electronics from a related field (such as scientists or mathematicians)
  • those who are simply curious to find out about this all-pervasive technology


    If you're uncertain whether this course is suitable for your requirements, please email us with any questions you may have.


Although not included in the course fee, accommodation may be available at our on-site Rewley House Residential Centre. All bedrooms are en suite and decorated to a high standard, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

To check prices, availability and to book rooms please visit the Rewley House Residential Centre website.