Module Title:Embedded Systems 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: A combination of lectures, class discussion, tutorial, laboratory exercises and demonstrations will be used. Emphasis will be placed on active learning including problem / project bases learning
Module Aim: To advance the students knowledge in software development using a high-level programming language and to equip them with the skills and techniques required to develop software using an industry standard integrated development environment (IDE) and to utilise with programmable electronics and embedded systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of software development and the building blocks of a high-level programming language.
LO2 Utilise modular programming, flowcharts, pseudocode and debugging techniques in software development.
LO3 Produce clearly documented source code using a neat programming style.
LO4 Design, develop, and report on the hardware and software elements of a microcontroller-based embedded system project
Pre-requisite learning
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Embedded Systems
Definition of embedded systems.
Architectures
Introduction to structure of a microcontroller, internal structure, memory, peripherals, I/O, communications, and interrupts.
Embedded Language Programming
Cross compiler, Program top-down design, flowcharts, variables and constants, I/O, operators and expressions, control statements , functions, pointers, bitwise operators, arrays, and LUTs.
Interfacing and Communications
I/O, Pullup/Pulldown, UART, RS-232, I2C/SPI, Displays/Keyboards , ADC/DAC, Sensors/Motors (On/Off/PWM).
System Development, Testing and Debug
The Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and debugging (breakpoints, single step).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment40.00%
Project40.00%
Practical20.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Various assessments to reinforce learnings given throughout the semester. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A group/solo (depending on complexity) project based on real-world scenarios. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other Various assessments to reinforce learnings given throughout the semester. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project A group/solo (depending on complexity) project based on real-world scenarios. 1,2,3,4 40.00 n/a
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation A set of practical exercises to complement the theory elements of the module. 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Practicals Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 4.00
 

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