This unit introduces students to in depth study of embedded systems focusing on microcontrollers, embedded programming techniques and embedded system design. Hardware content will cover microcontroller peripherals e.g.,memory, timers, analogue to digital convertors (ADC), pulse width modulation (PWM), standard communication with external devices e.g., USART, SPI, I2C. Software programming techniques such as polling and interupts will be introduced. Project and lab work will be used to illustrate embedded systems design techniques, while case study examples will illustrate state of the art applications such as Internet of Things, industrial automation, and robotics. 

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
NEE3203

Prerequisites

NEE2106 - Computer Programming for Electrical Engineers

NEE2106 OR NEE2102 OR ENE2202

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review the principles involved in embedded hardware and software design;  
  2. Discuss the primary components in an embedded systems;  
  3. Implement a real-time, embedded industrial control system using an embedded microcontroller with associated interface;  
  4. Implement an communications device to the embedded microcontroller application.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Three Laboratory Based Problem Solving Session Reports (1500 words each) 30%
Presentation Oral (Group presentation of 20 minutes) 20%
Project Two Project Team Reports (3000 words each) 50%

Required reading

Embedded System Design: Embedded Systems Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems,
Marwedel, P. 2011.
Springer.

Data Communication and Networking, 5th ed.
Forouzan. B., Fagan. S. C., 2012.
McGraw Hill.

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