Advanced Embedded Systems Design

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
23 December 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC G40912 Internet of Things

Module description

This module will provide the practical and theoretical skills necessary to develop advanced embedded systems. Students will define a specification for an embedded system and discuss methods for reliable systems to solve a variety of problems for various application domains.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide the practical and theoretical skills needed to understand the design process of advanced embedded systems.

Module learning outcomes

After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:

1. Understand the embedded systems design process.
2. Define a specification for an advanced embedded system.
3. Discuss methods for implementing reliable embedded systems to solve various problems.
4. Compare and contrast different options for the realisation of advanced embedded systems and their suitability for their application domain.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

. Characteristics of embedded computing applications and challenges in advanced embedded computing system design
. The embedded system design process
. Processor architectures
. Instruction sets, processor and System on Chip architectures
. Hardware and Software System design and analysis techniques
. Processes and operating systems
. Embedded communication architectures and multiprocessing
. System design methodologies
. Various embedded systems will be examined as case studies

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, Classes and Labs


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Lab Assignment     42.85% 
Coursework   Mini Project     57.15% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Shiyan Hu, email: shiyan.hu@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Ali Kofash-Hoshair
School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.



External examiner

Dr Marios Angelopoulos
Bournemouth University
Principal Academic
Available via Moodle
Of 62 hours, 22 (35.5%) hours available to students:
40 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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