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ELE2303 Embedded Systems Design

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Embedded Systems Design
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 031305 - Computer Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 14 April 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Mark Phythian

Other requisites

Recommended prior study: ELE1301

Synopsis

This course develops the techniques used in microcomputer design, interfacing and applications. It includes microcomputer architecture; C language programming; I/O methods and interface techniques for parallel and serial, synchronous and asynchronous systems; programmed and multiple interrupt I/O, and DMA; interface examples involving standard and non standard microcomputer interfaces; and development of software for 8 bit microprocessors. A hardware and software design project is used to develop practical design skills.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. select a microprocessor appropriate to a particular application;
  2. design, create, validate and document structured programs and software solutions to problems;
  3. select and use appropriate hardware and software development tools;
  4. design input/output hardware to meet the requirements of specific applications;
  5. compare and evaluate alternative systems to handle multiple interrupts;
  6. design an embedded microcomputer system to specification;
  7. present designs for microprocessor-based solutions.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Computer Architectures 5.00
2. Programming for embedded applications 25.00
3. Computer I/O Techniques 20.00
4. Software Design and Documentation 10.00
5. Development Systems 5.00
6. Interrupts and DMA 15.00
7. Bus Systems 5.00
8. Microcomputer Hardware Design 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=01&subject1=ELE2303)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Ibrahim D 2014, PIC Microcontroller Projects in C: Basic to Advanced, 2nd edn, Elsevier, Kidlington Oxford, UK.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 52.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 51.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
EMBEDDED DESIGN STAGE 1 200 20 19 Apr 2021
EMBEDDED DESIGN STAGE 2 200 20 24 May 2021
OPEN EXAMINATION - ONLINE 600 60 End S1 (see note 1)

Notes
  1. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. Students do not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to be awarded a passing grade in this course. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. Grades above C will only be awarded when the student obtains at least 60% of the marks available in the examination.

  6. Examination information:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at https://cmsauth.usq.edu.au/current-students/academic/exams/supplementary-and-deferred-assessment.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. IEEE is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use IEEE style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For further information on this referencing style, refer to the below website:
    http://www.ieee.org/documents/ieeecitationref.pdf

Date printed 14 April 2021