Easier course than CSSE3010. Gives a good introduction to FPGAs and coding in VHDL.
During the semester, assessment is all based on practicals and project. Only need to learn relevant theory and how to code in VHDL (which i found to be easier than coding in C). Time commitment should be less than 6 hours a week. The project was really simple, hardest part was getting the radio SPI working. Tutors are really lenient, so easy to get good marks in pracs and the project. As mentioned by the other reviewer, it will be up to you to learn how to use VHDL, google will be your friend.
The final exam was the one fault in the course, only 2 hours given for 4 lengthy questions, it should have been a 3 hour exam in my opinion. Although lengthy, the exam questions will be similar to the tute and past exams, so the exam difficulty is easy. If anyone finished that exam in time they shouldn't bother to even mark it, just give them a 7. Hopefully they will realize for future exams, and either extend the length or decrease the number of questions.
In conclusion, easy course for a credit or above. Beware final exam time pressure.
This course is one of those ones that will get you doing a fair amount of work outside of class. On average I would say the weekly preparation for Pracs is about 2-5 hours, and when compared with CSSE3010, I thought this was fairly good. For most people the difficultly should be manageable, and consequently you will learn a lot. I myself found the content to be interesting enough to make the necessary preparation enjoyable rather than a chore. If you aren't good at self directed learning, then you might find this course difficult - but if Google is already your friend, then finding helpful suggestions on how to develop in VHDL is simple.
This course is just plain awful. If you have it compulsory, bad luck. But if you are considering this as an elective I'd avoid it. The worklaod is huge. Every week you have massive practicals. You have to learn how to program in VHDL which is irritating and slow (10 minute compile times).
You hardly learn any theory, just loads of programming. The lectures are just copy pasted from the previous years and even written by students. The "research assignment" is just you creating powerpoint for the course co ordinator to use the following year.
The tutor and lecturer are vague, don't really answer questions and don't give you direction or teaching. Just lots of work.