Module title: Embedded Systems

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE10111
Module leader: Chan Hwang See
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Electronics Electrical and Mathematics

MEC08106; ELE09102
Control, Measurement and Instrumentation; Electronic Systems

2019/0, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Chan Hwang See
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The basis of the learning and teaching will be on the reinforcement of theoretical and descriptive material as covered in lectures and tutorials practice.(LOs 1,3) Lecture and tutorial material will be used to develop solutions (LOs 1,2,3) which are then implemented practically (LOs 4,5). All examples will be capable of being implemented on the hardware that each student is issued.(LOs 1, 4) Individual analysis and critical evaluation of solutions will be encouraged.(LOs 2,3,4,5)

Embedding of Employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The use of industry standard devices and a high level of practical development will mean that the student is well prepared for the work environment. As part of their report they are encouraged to be self – critical and to reflect and review their own submissions. An amount of scholarship is required to apply the solutions to the problems in the most effective manner.

Research/Teaching Linkages
By using an active learning approach within this module the students are asked to undertake scholarly activity and research information from research publications, journals and international standards organisations. The Module Leader also has extensive links with industry through delivery short courses in this area and industrial consultancies which will be used as case studies throughout the module delivery.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is employed to support your learning on the module, allowing you to reflect on feedback on your progress from your tutors and peers. It takes a variety of forms including tutorials and laboratory sessions and does not contribute to the final module mark.

Summative Assessment:
This will consist of a design report (LOs: 2,4-5) on a specific applications and a final formal examination (LOs 1,3). These will require a high degree of self – learning in terms of ability to evaluate and self- analyse situation and provide solutions. Students will be required to show a high degree of autonomous activity in the development of solutions. A considerable amount of self – learning will be needed to achieve an optimum solution.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,3 14/15 HOURS= 03.00, WORDS= 0.00
Portfolio 50 2,4,5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module content covers all aspects of embedded systems. It will begin by considering the concept of an embedded system and the challenges that this introduces in terms of software and hardware. The microcontrollers being used will be industry standard devices. C programing concepts specific to microcontrollers will be covered. The principles of interfacing to the microcontroller peripherals and their applications will be considered. These techniques will be brought together in ‘real world’ systems design. The use of real time operating systems will be covered and the issues involved with implementation. Finally distributed systems and linking process via standard network protocols and the internet will critically evaluated.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of and be able to make effective use of embedded systems;
LO2: evaluate and analyse appropriate C programming techniques as applied to microcontrollers;
LO3: understand and critically evaluate microcontrollers and their architectures;
LO4: construct and critically evaluate interfacing systems for use in embedded systems;
LO5: analyse and construct distributed systems using standard protocols.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ELE10111 Embedded Systems