BI2EM16-Embedded Microprocessors and Digital Systems

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: SE1FA15 Fundamentals and Applications of Computing SE1CA11 Computer Applications or
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Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt


Summary module description:

Design and analysis of interfacing and programming embedded microprocessor systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students completing this module will be familiar with logic families, I/O standards, bus systems, CPU's and memories. They will be able to design and test interfaces for microprocessor systems and write associated software.

Additional outcomes:
Familiarity with common tool chains and experience in C programming for embedded systems.

Outline content:
Embedded Microprocessors and Interfacing (20 lectures): Typical microprocessor architectures (registers, memory and features) and embedded peripherals (I/O ports, PWM, counter/timer, watchdog timers, interrupts, etc.), programming embedding microprocessors in C, data convertors (ADC and DAC) and applications, interfaces, (serial - EIA-232, parallel IEEE-1284), asynchronous and synchronous, further examples (PCI(e), IDE and SATA), embedded serial buses (SPI and I2C), interfacing LCD modules, programming and JTAG, oscillators and clock generation.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by four laboratory exercises and one mini project.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 100

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Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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