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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC3662 Embedded Systems

20 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr Lotfi Mhamdi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


The aim of this module is to introduce students to contemporary hardware and software development tools for embedded devices. The major objective is for students to develop proficiency with the C language and use it to programme a microcontroller to interface with sensors/actuators and a display, as required. Students must practice good log-book keeping and develop their project planning and presentation skills.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of microprocessor principles and architectures (von Neumann, Harvard).
2. Apply the basic principles of embedded system design and development, including using a contemporary computer environment and development board to implement a microcontroller-based embedded system design.
3. Take an electronics application and derive a specification compatible with embedded system design technologies.
4. Generate a solution compatible with a target micro-controller.
5. Implement a micro-controller solution in the appropriate hardware.
6. Demonstrate competence in the use of technical literature and other information sources such as software manuals, data sheets, application notes and programmers guides.

Skills outcomes
Mobile applications development and interfacing with embedded systems and electronics.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Programming methods and the design of software using 'C' programming language
The use of a microcontroller development board for practical embedded system problems
Interfacing with sensors, actuators and visual displays- Microprocessor architectures (von Neumann, Harvard)- Instruction execution cycle- Practical application of the above in a design project
Microprocessor architectures (von Neumann, Harvard)- Instruction execution cycle- Practical application of the above in a design project
Instruction execution cycle- Practical application of the above in a design project
Practical application of the above in a design project

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning81.008.00
Independent online learning hours64.00
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for laboratory classes and to prepare for the mini-project assignment.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during the laboratory sessions through log book records and progress made.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 435.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:35:35


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