Module Title:Embedded Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The module will be delivered with a blend of lectures and problem based learning for tutorial and practical classes.
Module Aim: To provide students with the skills and techniques required to design, develop and test software and hardware for embedded systems using industry standard tools. To provide students with a foundation for subsequent modules in the area of embedded system design with particular emphasis on aircraft systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Develop software for an embedded system based on a standard microcontroller.
LO2 Simulate and debug the software component for an embedded system.
LO3 Design hardware for an embedded system based on a standard microcontroller.
LO4 Perform virtual system modelling of both the hardware and software components.
LO5 Integrate both hardware and software components to form a complete embedded system and evaluate its performance.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Embedded Systems
What is an embedded system, event-triggered systems, time-triggered systems.
Microcontroller Architectures
CISC versus RISC, Harvard versus von Neumann, CPU, ALU, bus structures, registers and SFRs, oscillators, clock frequency and performance, internal memory (RAM and ROM), peripherals (timers, RTC, ADC, DAC, etc.), parallel I/O ports, serial communications (UART, I2C, SPI, etc.), interrupt systems, selecting an appropriate microcontroller for a project.
Review of Assembly Language Programming
Digital numbering systems, program counter, ROM space, flag bits, PSW register, register banks, stack, jump, loop and call instructions, arithmetic and logic instructions, I/O port programming, addressing modes, standard instruction set, sequence of events during program execution.
Introduction to C Language Programming
Program design, top-down design, flowcharts, variables and constants, I/O operations, operators and expressions (arithmetic, logical and relational operators, conditional expression, etc.), control statements (while loop, do/while loop, for loop, if/else, switch/case, etc.), functions, pointers and arrays, standard I/O functions and pre-processor directives.
Programming Embedded Systems in C
I/O port programming, timers, interrupts, external memory, real-time clock (RTC).
Hardware for Embedded Systems
Port I/O, ability to sink and source current, oscillator, power-on reset, memory, driving AC and DC loads.
Microcontroller Interfacing and Serial Communications
UART, PC communication via RS-232, I2C and SPI, LCD and keyboard interfacing, Schmitt triggers, switch bounce, pull-up resistors, ADC and DAC interfacing, sensor interfacing, motor control.
System Development, Testing and Debug
Design documentation (commented listings, flowcharts), industry standard integrated development environments (IDEs), embedded debug concepts, debug techniques (source level, step mode, breakpoints, event system, disassembly, variable watching, etc.), debug interfaces (C2, JTAG, etc.).
Embedded Systems for Aerospace Applications
Introduction to Ada, introduction to field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) real-time operating systems, international standards for airborne software and electronic hardware (DO-178C, DO-254, DO-160, etc.).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will sit written examinations during the module. Class tests will be used at the end of major sections to assess student progress. 1,3,5 20.00 Week 8
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete laboratory assignments and mini projects which will be completed over several weeks. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final Written and Practical Exam 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Practicals Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Every Week 2.50
Total Hours 5.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 7 Mandatory