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Digital Logic Design

Cost: $1375.00

Description: Hardware development involves both electrical and computer engineering. The Cooper Union students learn these skills in the Digital Logic Design course during their second year. This hybrid class (online with at-home prototyping) borrows from The Cooper Union course and challenges students to assess, design, build, test, and demonstrate an electronics project from scratch.  Topics covered include digital logic design, circuit theory, and basic microelectronics.  Students will engage in guided exercises and small-scale projects to put theory into practice. Students will be taught a free electronics simulation environment which they will use to develop some projects. They will also receive a small parts kit to construct actual prototypes of some projects. Student work culminates with an original design.  It is recommended that students requesting this course have beginner electronics and programming experience. This class is limited to 24 students per session.

Instructors: Prof. Lisa Shay, Electrical Engineering, and Cooper Union student instructors

Prerequisites: Experience programming in an object-oriented language like C, C++, Java, or Python.


  • Session 1: July 6, 2020 to July 23, 2020 
  • Session 2: July 27 to August 13, 2020

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


  • Workshops 10:00 am - 12 pm
  • Breakout session: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Time per day: 4 hours/day plus 30-60 minutes project work

Location: Online

Teaching method: Synchronous. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through scheduled lectures, discussions and demonstrations.


  • Paper
  • Pencil and/or pen

The Digital Logic Design Kit will be provided to students living in the United States only.

Technology Requirements:

Class: Computer with camera and microphone to participate in online video class (Zoom) and program at the same time.

Project work: Computer with WiFi to use web-based software (TinkerCAD, Logism, Microsoft office) and file management system (Github, Microsoft Teams). TinkerCAD and Logisim (free software) will be used to simulate projects. Camera to collect images and video of your project and upload to presentation and portfolio.

Prerequisites: Experience programming in an object-oriented language like C, C++, Java, or Python

Credits: 0.00

Course Code: STEM 206

Instructor(s): Lisa Shay

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.