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EE50226: Embedded systems design

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Design based coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To introduce students to the key elements of embedded systems design, including an understanding of embedded processor architectures and characteristics, embedded systems programming and the design and implementation of simple applications involving hardware interfacing.

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit the student will be able to:
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of embedded processor architectures.
Understand the current technologies available for embedded systems.
Demonstrate the ability to apply the concepts and principles of embedded systems to solving a particular engineering problem.
Employ standard professional simulation and design tools to implement an embedded system design on microprocessor and field-programmable gate array platforms.
Employ an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of a wide range of embedded systems.

Use IT to collect, analyse and present technical information; solve problems, communicate effectively and retrieve information (TFA).
Use appropriate professional simulation and design tools (TFA).
Employ a range of established and new techniques to review and critically analyse information concerning engineering problems, and to propose and implement solutions in a professional manner (TFA).

Embedded processor architectures and characteristics.
Embedded processor programing: embedded C (ARM), simple code functions, data structures and control structures.
Compilation and resource management on embedded microprocessors.
Design and implementation of embedded processor applications involving interfaces to hardware sensors; example sensor application using an ARM microprocessor.
Accomplish a basic sensor interface to an embedded microprocessor and transfer the data to a computer.
Write a simple embedded program and compile it. Download an embedded program to a microprocessor and execute successfully.
Real-Time design and Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS).
Embedded soft-core microprocessors on field-programmable gate arrays, implement standard embedded soft cores on field-programmable gate arrays.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE50226 is Optional on the following programmes:

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Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering


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