Programming Embedded Systems

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC H61212 Computer Engineering,
MSC H61012 Electronic Engineering,
MSC G40912 Internet of Things,
MSC G40812 Intelligent Systems and Robotics,
MPHDH60248 Engineering,
PHD H60248 Engineering,
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module provides an understanding of the techniques used in the development of software for a variety of embedded systems and robots, and the implications for real-world and real-time design.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the techniques used in the development of software for embedded systems and robots.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the various aspects of an embedded system.
2. Explain the key issues in designing real-time software for embedded systems in real-world applications.
3. Understand the main techniques of real-time programming.
4. Design, program and evaluate single-core and multi-core embedded systems.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

- Introduction to embedded systems
- Basic I/O Interfaces
- Programming I/O Interfaces
- PWM Motor control
- Microcontrollers and Microprocessors
- Embedded Networks
- Feedback control
- Tasks/Processes and their Scheduling
- Real-time Scheduling and Real-time Operating Systems
- Multi-core based Embedded Systems
- Programming Multi-core based Embedded Systems

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and Laboratories


  • Wolf, Marilyn. (c2017) Computers as components: principles of embedded computing system design, Cambridge, MA: Morgan Kaufmann.
  • Heath, Steve. (2003) Embedded systems design, Oxford: Newnes.
  • Wilmshurst, Tim. (2001) An introduction to the design of small-scale embedded systems, Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Wolf, Marilyn; dawsonera. (c2008) Computers as components: principles of embedded computing system design, London: Elsevier/Morgan Kaufmann.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Assignment 1     50% 
Coursework   Group Presentation Report     50% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Amit Singh, email: a.k.singh@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Amit Singh
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 42 hours, 22 (52.4%) hours available to students:
20 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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