10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: Previous experience of C programming & its application to microcontroller is required. If you're unsure as to whether you have suitable pre-requisite knowledge, refer to the ACS126 syllabus for details of what we expect students to have previously studied

Aims/Description: Many systems, for example; a control system, fault detection system or health monitoring system are required to work in real-time, i.e. work in the 'real' world and meet the timing constraints of the "real" world. This module looks at how to take theoretical designs and simulated systems and develop an appropriate implementation which will work in the real world. Such systems can be developed and implemented using a CPU and external devices into an embedded system application/device to perform the desired tasks in the "real" world. The first part of the module looks at the hardware associated with building an embedded system, while the second part looks at how the desired functionality and thus real-time operation of an embedded system can be realised through software/hardware.

Staff Contact: Dr S Pope
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Lab work, in class test

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