Course Name: Digital Electronics (PLTW  1 Credit


            Digital Electronics (DE) is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals as opposed to analog signals that are varying. This distinction allows for greater signal speed and storage capabilities and has revolutionized the world electronics. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc. The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation.


 Digital Electronics is one of three foundation courses in the Project Lead The Way high school pre-engineering program. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology


Instructor:  Darian Reeves   Room 3015

Phone: (703) 441- 4200


Web page:

Class meets :

Office hours: By Appointment


Supplementary reading(s):        

Handouts and other resources



 Composition book with Graph paper, Ruler, Pencil, USB DRIVE (8GB) , Colored pencils, Ruler with metric scale.


Specific Course Activities

All students will be expected to:

● Maintain an engineering notebook based on the Project Lead the

Way standards.

● Complete assignments in their notebooks and using our Autodesk

Inventor software.

● Maintain a course long portfolio showcasing assignments from each


● Work alongside classmates to complete a variety of design




Course Outline


Unit 1: Fundamentals of Analog and Digital Electronics

● Unit 2: Combinational Logic

● Unit 3: Sequential Logic

● Unit 4: Microcontrollers


Attendance, Tardiness:

Students are expected to attend class in accordance with the Public School Laws of Virginia.  Students are expected to be in class and prepared to learn when the class starts.  Tardiness to class of more than 20 minutes will be treated as an absence.  Students that are absent from class greater than 5% of the time, may not receive credit for the class.


Class participation:

Participation in class discussion and lab activities are a required part of this class. Any class work not completed during class is considered homework.


Cellphone/Tablets  Use


Cellphones & Tablets are permitted in the classroom BUT ONLY FOR ACADMEIC AND RESEARCH PURPOSES!!!  We will be using the cellphone in this course to take pictures of work and to scan document with the app Cam Scan (free download).


Any student caught using their cellphone during instruction time or documentation purpose their will have their phone taken away, TURNED OFF and given back at the end of class for their 1st offense. For a 2nd offense the phone will be turned off and turn into the office.




Missed exams or assignments:

Students may make-up exams or assignments and receive a recorded grade when an excused absence(s) is documented by a note from the parent. 


Assignments not turned in on the assigned date will be consider late and will be mark down a letter grade for each day late. Student will only be given a 2 days after the due to turn in work. If no work is turn in then the grade will result in a zero in the grade book. Work in to be completed at 11:59 on Fridays


The overall grade will be based upon the following areas:

● Engineering Notebook Assignments and Portfolio

● Tests and Quizzes

● In Class Assignments and Participation


Lab Fee:

There is a $10.00 lab fee for every student. This covers but is not excluding to the following:

Engineering Notebooks

Graphic Paper

Project Supplies:

            Random Number Generators



Lab safety/health:

It is the responsibility of the students to follow the training of safe practices in the Technology Lab.  The safety program consists of more than lecturing and posting safety rules and regulations.  It includes instruction that actively involves the students in learning and choosing behaviors that promote the safe use of equipment that is used in the Technology Lab.  The implementation and promotion of safe practices in the Technology Lab to prevent incidents and injuries to students are the responsibility of everyone.


Academic Honor Code:

Potomac Senior High School is a community of learners who embrace the value of lifelong learning and the power of knowledge. Our mission is striving for academic excellent.  We will follow the Academic Honor Code for the school.



Computer Misconduct

Computer misconduct includes any activity that is not on-task.  Students should not be completing work for other classes, playing games, or on the Internet without permission:


1st Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Warning of future consequences

2nd Offense: Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for the Day.

3rd Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for a Week

4th Offense:  Parent Phone Call/Logged Off for a Month

5th Offense:  Referred to Administration


(For a 3rd and 4th offense, All work will be completed by hand drawings)



The grading system for this class consists of letter grades based on an average for the assignment.

A    (90-100%) - Outstanding level of achievement

B + (87-89%) – Very High level of achievement

B    (80-86%) - High level of achievement

C+  (77-79%) – Above Average level of achievement

C    (70-76%) - Satisfactory level of achievement

D   (60-66%) - Low level of achievement

E   (59% or lower) Failure


Percent scores are rounded to the nearest whole number.  Therefore, any score below .5 rounds down and any score ending in .5 and above rounds up.  (Example 1: 89.49% rounds to 89; Example 2: 89.50% rounds to 90)



No student may work in the laboratory (POWER TOOLS OR HAND TOOLS) without an instructor present in the room.


All labs must be monitored at all times, with supervision present, using proper learned safety techniques during a safety orientation.



Principles of Engineering (POE)

Course Syllabus and Expectations


I have read and understand the Principals of Engineering (POE) Syllabus and Expectations guide and will abide by the guidelines. 


Habits for Success

  • Be on time, prepared to work safely and effectively
  • Follow instructions the first time
  • Collaborate in a courteous and civil manner
  • Strive for excellence with honesty & Integrity


General Corrective Actions

  • General reminder
  • Individual reminder
  • Stay after class
  • Class time out
  • Phone call home
  • Detention
  • Referral

No student may work in the laboratory without an instructor present in the room.


All labs must be monitored at all times, with supervision present, using proper learned safety techniques during a safety orientation.



Student’s Printed Name:                 ___________________________________

Student’s Signature & Date:           ___________________________________


Parent’s Signature:                          ___________________________________     

Date:                                                   _____________