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ELE3307 Real Time Systems

Semester 2, 2021 Online
Short Description: Real Time Systems
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 : 21 July 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Jason Brown

Requisites

Pre-requisite: ELE1301 or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GCNS or METC or MENS or MEPR

Other requisites

Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE2303 or CSC1401

Rationale

Many engineering systems today involve the integration of computer hardware and software in the form of embedded algorithms and device controllers, particularly those operating in real time. Examples include digital signal processors (DSP's) for telecommunications systems, real time process control and device driver software to control hardware devices. It is essential that modern engineers understand the theory of real-time systems and can apply the concepts in their specification, design, programming and testing.

Synopsis

This course aims to give students exposure to the concepts related to real time systems and event driven programming, together with practical experience in the design of advanced engineering computer applications using low level operating system functions and hardware devices.

Objectives

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

  1. discuss the concept of event driven control in real time systems;
  2. create real time system specifications utilizing design techniques and tools;
  3. create real time kernels including polled loop, interrupt driven, state driven and phase driven code;
  4. design, create, compile and evaluate C programs;
  5. create and utilize algorithms and data structures;
  6. design and implement software solutions requiring multiple processes and/or threads, inter-process communications and synchronization to meet the requirements of a real time system specification.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Real Time Concepts 7.00
2. Real Time Software Design 15.00
3. Programming Languages for Real Time Applications 15.00
4. Coding Techniques and Algorithms 15.00
5. Multi Tasking 15.00
6. Interprocess Communication 15.00
7. Process Synchronisation and Timing 10.00
8. Real Time Applications 8.00

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=02&subject1=ELE3307)

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

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Kanetkar, YP 2017, Let Us C, 15th edn, BPB Publications.
Laplante, PA 2012, Real-time systems design and analysis, 4th edn, IEEE Press, Hoboken, NJ.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 52.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 49.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 24 Aug 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 07 Oct 2021
OPEN EXAMINATION - ONLINE 600 60 End S2 (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:
    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:
    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.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.



  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  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

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 21 July 2021