BI3UI16-USB Integration

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: SE2PL11 Programmable Logic and HDLs
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt


Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce students to the popular Universal Serial Bus (USB) interfacing standards.

Assessable learning outcomes:
An understanding of the key operations of USB, Interrupt, Bulk, Isochronous and control. To be able to use USB pipes and hardware abstraction. To understand the theoretical and practical achievable data rates under different environments. To be able to design USB into a product and to interface the produce with a PC. To be able to use reference framework software. To understand that technology does not stand still and as such to discuss the development of USB from 1.1, 2.0, Wireless USB, USB OTG and USB 3.0.

Additional outcomes:
Practice with C#,
Windows device drivers,
Further embedded programming practice.

Outline content:
The need for Plug-and-play
USB standards
Device descriptors and enumeration
Pipes (Endpoints)
Control, bulk, Interrupt and isochronous modes of operation
Device Drivers and host programming
HID classes, other popular classes including mass storage and video.
Device hardware and a typical architecture of a USB peripheral
Low speed, High Speed, Full Speed bus timing
1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 Physical layer
Wireless-USB physical Layer

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by laboratory work. Students will do 3 laboratory exercises: creating a USB flash drive, a peripheral controller and a USB 2.0 FIFO.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 80
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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    Requirements for a pass:

    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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