ENCE361-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013

Embedded Systems 1

15 points

Details:
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

Description

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.

Pre-requisites

Restrictions

ENEL353, ENEL323, COSC361, ELEC361, ENEL340

Course Coordinator

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering Head of Department

Assessment

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