Advanced Embedded Systems Design

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
24 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC H612CH Computer Engineering

Module description

Students are not permitted to undertake this module if they have done the equivalent module of CE323 at UG level on a CSEE undergraduate course. This is because it cannot count towards your course credits. Please contact the CSEE School Office for specific advice on your module choices.

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 a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Progress Test (In person, MCQ Moodle Test, Closed Book)    25% 
Coursework   Design Assignment    75% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Weiyong Si, email: w.si@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Weiyong Si
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770



External examiner

Dr Dimitrios Kanoulas
Associate Professor
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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