Module Title:Embedded Systems 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorial, projects, laboratory exercises and demonstrations will be used. Emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project bases learning
Module Aim: To enable the learner to have knowledge and understanding of the architecture & operation of a contemporary microcontrollers and to enable the learner to design embedded systems using the appropriate programming language to interface a microcontroller to peripheral hardware such as ADCs, DACs LCDs etc..
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Compare contemporary microcontrollers and select the appropriate device for a particular application.
LO2 Describe the architecture and operation of a specific contemporary microcontroller.
LO3 Interface a microcontroller to other hardware and peripherals to form an embedded system.
LO4 Develop and debug software/firmware for an embedded system using the appropriate programming language and industry standard development tools.
Pre-requisite learning
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Embedded systems 1

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Computer architecture:
Architecture of a specific microcontroller based contemporary CPU core (MIPS, Risc-V, ARM etc.) Harvard, Von Neumann, registers, flags, pipeline, datapath etc.
Instruction set:
Overview of the instruction set of the chosen microcontroller, RISC, ISA, load and store, branch & conditional execution etc.
Memory configuration:
Memory configuration, little / big endian, memory maps, heap, stack etc.
I/O :
Memory mapped I/O, bitwise operators, pointers and pointers to structures. GPIO, ADC, Timers, serial I/O, DMA etc.
Interrupts & multitasking :
Interrupts and exceptions, interrupt controller, interrupt priority, exception handling. Event-triggered and time-triggered systems. Multitasking. Introduce the concepts of a real time operating system (RTOS), e.g. kernel, scheduler, threads, etc.
Software development :
Use of an industry standard IDE (Integrated Development Environment) Review of C. Mixing C and Assembly. Software debugging, JTAG, source level, single step mode, breakpoints, trace system, disassembly, variable watching, etc. Data structures (arrays, structures, linked lists), Sorting and searching techniques. Use of an API (CMSIS, HAL). File i/o, data-logging to SD card.
Coding standards :
Introduction to coding standards for embedded systems, e.g., MISRA C, DO-178B.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination n/a 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project n/a 1,3,4 20.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation n/a 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Practicals Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00

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