ENCE464-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Embedded Software and Advanced Computing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course combines software engineering practice for embedded systems with advanced computer architectures and memory systems. State machines form a unifying mechanism to understand hardware and software. Software design procedures and methodologies are used to develop reliable coding practices used on high-performance concurrent systems with real-time constraints. Testing and debugging on high-performance concurrent systems, where inter-task communication support is required, and is analysed using industry-standard metrics and test platforms.

The goal of this course is to learn about what makes advanced computers "tick", from both hardware and software development perspectives.  The embedded system's courses you've taken so far have mostly focused on the basics of creating small programs and the details of low-level hardware interactions.  In this course, we'll look at how to design and implement more complex, large-scale programs, how to improve the quality and reliability of your programs, and how these methods are applied to execution architectures, such as superscalar, VLIW/EPIC, and DSPs.  Memory architectures and cache design instruction architectures are also discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Specify, design, and implement complex embedded software using a principled approach.
  • Design, analyse and implement robust concurrent, multithreaded and distributed software.
  • Select and apply analysis and testing techniques that will help to ensure design and implementation quality.
  • Use appropriate tools and techniques to work on large software projects that involve more than one developer.
  • Develop an advanced knowledge on a subsystem of modern microprocessors.



ENCE463, ENCE462, ENEL428, ENEL429

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Elec 204 ESL Lab 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

Steve Weddell


Michael Hayes and Le Yang


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Group report 20%
Individual report 30%
Exam 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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