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ELEC5620M Embedded Microprocessor System Design

15 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Dr. David Cowell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students 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


Students 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.

Learning outcomes
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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours119.00
Total Contact hours31.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

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
In-course AssessmentProgramming Assignmnet30.00
In-course AssessmentMini-group Project40.00
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
Unseen Practical exam (S2)1 hr 00 mins0.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)3 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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/10/2023 14:22:15


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