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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

XJEL3662 Embedded Systems

20 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Lotfi Mhamdi

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. If it is not possible to deliver traditional teaching methods, such as lectures and practical classes, we may need to substitute alternative (online) formats of delivery and amend the timetable accordingly. ‘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.


This module introduces students to contemporary hardware and software development tools for embedded devices, and the various architectures in use in modern microcontrollers. A major objective is for students to develop skills in programming microcontrollers to interface with sensors/actuators and displays and to further enhance their project skills by implementing an embedded systems application.

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

1. Describe a broad range of microprocessor principles and architectures.
2. Derive a specification for a complex electronics application to be compatible with an embedded system platform.
3. Apply the principles of embedded system design and development, including using a contemporary development environment to implement an advanced microcontroller-based embedded system design.
4. Implement a microcontroller solution in hardware.
5. Select and evaluate technical literature and other sources of information 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
Private study hours171.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students 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 Feedback

Students 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 typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectProject 170.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)70.00

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 typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)30.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/06/2021 16:47:30


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