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
Prerequisites

MEC08106; ELE09102
Control, Measurement and Instrumentation; Electronic Systems

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner:
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Abdelfateh Kerrouche
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:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
This will consist of two design reports (Los: 1-5) on a specific applications and a final formal examination (Los 1-5). 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 39
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 13
Independent Learning Guided independent study 145
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 1,2,3,4,5 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 25 1,2,3,4,5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 50 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
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:

Recommended - CALCUT, DAVID; COWAN, FRED AND PARCHIZADEH, HASSAN (2004) 8051 MICROCONTROLLERS: AN APPLICATIONS BASED INTRODUCTION: NEWNES, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0750657596
Recommended - SCHULTZ, THOMAS (2008) C AND THE 8051: WOOD ISLAND PRINTS, 4th ed. - ISBN: 0978399501
Recommended - SMITH WARWICK (2010) ARM MICROCONTROLLER INTERFACING: HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE: ELEKTOR PUBLIISHING, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0905705912
Recommended - EADY, FRED (2004) NETWORKING AND INTERFACING WITH MICROCONTROLLERS: NEWNES, 1st ed. - ISBN: 0750676981
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