2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ELEC5620M Embedded Microprocessor System Design
15 creditsClass Size: 140
Module manager: Dr. David Cowell
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents are required to have at least ONE of the following pre-requisites: ELEC2645 or 2665 (for Level 4 undergraduate students) or ELEC5681M (for MSc students).
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.
ObjectivesStudents will explore the options for advanced embedded system implementation and study the operation of System-on-Chip development systems. The module provides an opportunity to develop skills in the use of contemporary design tools which support the optimization of embedded processor architectures.
On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Explain a range of options for embedded system implementation.
2. Use System-on-Chip development systems.
3. Apply optimisation tools to embedded processor architectures.
4. Use support tools to design and implement embedded microprocessor systems.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Operation of the various aspects of an EDA system (ARM DS-5) including support programs, design environment, compilers, assembler, linker and debugger with an ARM Cortex A9 within a DE1-SoC using C coding and exploration of compiled assembly language
Use of watch dog timers to automatically recover from erroneous operation
Hardware and software optimisation to create high performance embedded systems
In-depth understanding of stack operation with function-based code
SIMD processing for intensive DSP algorithms
Illustration of embedded systems concepts through the control of internal and external peripherals
Implement case studies and design problems, taken from (for example) digital filters and audio processing
Mini-projects to demonstrate the skills and techniques learnt through the module
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||22.00|
|Private study hours||92.00|
|Total Contact hours||36.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyStudents are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||85.00|
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.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||1 hr 00 mins||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||15.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 22/07/2021 14:42:10
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