ENCE361-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013

Embedded Systems 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2013
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2013
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2013
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 17 May 2013


Embedded Systems is the study of specialised computer hardware, such as microcontrollers, programmed to perform a series of tasks, typically using a high-level language such as C, and targeted towards dedicated applications.

Main lecture topics include:
• Introduction and study of an advanced RISC-based microcontroller
• Microcontroller peripherals, such as PWM, serial, and ADC/DAC modules.
• Implement memory structures, such as double and circular buffers, for use in project work.
• What is a hardware/software interface? How can we use application programming interface (API) libraries to build an embedded system project?
• Extend hardware abstraction methods introduced in ENCE260.
• Design real-time kernels, as used in multitasking operating systems, and evaluating the performance of several kernels using context diagrams and CPU load analysis.
• The rate monotonic scheduling (RMS) algorithm is introduced.
• Apply knowledge of computer architecture to select hardware components and complex devices, such as microprocessors, for specific applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Build on a first course in microcontrollers to design, test, and debug an embedded system from a project specification.
  • Enhance their design skills by utilising internal microprocessor peripherals, such as timers, serial interfaces, and analogue-to-digital converters to build an embedded system.
  • Learn to implement an algorithm in the C programming language.
  • Understand what is meant by the hardware and software interface and the constraints of a real-time embedded application.
  • Write well structured code for the development of software modules to run on an advanced microprocessor.
  • Learn how to use a commercial high-level debugger to locate and correct programming errors.
  • Show competency in utilising an advanced commercial toolchain to develop an embedded application.
  • Develop a simple task scheduler for a multitasking operating system.
  • Learn the basics of scheduling theory and apply this to an embedded system with real-time constraints.
  • Understand the difference between event driven programming using interrupts and background task management.



ENEL353, ENEL323, COSC361, ELEC361, ENEL340

Course Coordinator

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Examination 40%
Project 1 15%
Project 2 35%
Test 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $808.00

International fee $4,550.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

All ENCE361 Occurrences

  • ENCE361-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013