C Programming and Embedded Systems
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
15 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BENGH650 Computer Systems Engineering,
BENGH651 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGHP50 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGGH46 Computers with Electronics (Including Foundation Year),
BENGGH4P Computers with Electronics,
BENGGH4Q Computers with Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BENGI1H6 Computers with Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH610 Electronic Engineering,
BENGH611 Electronic Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH61P Electronic Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHP10 Electronic Engineering (Including Placement Year),
MENGH613 Electronic Engineering,
MENGH614 Electronic Engineering (Integrated Masters, Including Placement Year),
BENGH641 Communications Engineering,
BENGHP41 Communications Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
BENGHPK1 Communications Engineering (Including Placement Year),
BENGHQ41 Communications Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
MENGH642 Communications Engineering,
BSC GH01 Computing and Electronics,
BSC GH02 Computing and Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC GH03 Computing and Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BSC H631 Electronics,
BSC H632 Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC H633 Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BENGH730 Mechatronic Systems,
BENGH731 Mechatronic Systems (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH732 Mechatronic Systems (Including Placement Year)
The aims of this module are to solve engineering problems in C, programme embedded systems, control I/O and design embedded systems for real-world problems.
This module aims to provide the practical and theoretical skills needed to use C language to program embedded microprocessors and systems.
After completing this module, students will be expected to be able to:
1. Write programs in C to solve engineering problems
2. Program embedded microprocessors or microcontrollers in C
3. Define input and output modules for an embedded system
4. Design embedded systems as solutions to real-world problems
*Introduction to the course: review of basic features of C programming language and embedded computer architectures.
*Embedded system characteristics: slow processing speed; small memory; A/D and D/A converters; digital input-output devices and communication links.
*Application domain characteristics: the complex, unpredictable and dynamic natures of engineering problems; sensor noise, timeliness, and error recovery.
*Implementation issues: modular development of embedded software and hardware; flexible configuration; multi/distributed processing; a variety of I/O devices.
A combination of lectures and practical labs
- Blum, Jeremy. (2013) Exploring Arduino: tools and techniques for engineering wizardry, Indianapolis, IN: Wiley.
- Kernighan, Brian W.; Ritchie, Dennis M. (c1988) The C programming language, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.
- Dan Gookin. (2019-07-10) C Essential Training.
- Hanly, Jeri R.; Koffman, Elliot B. (2016) Problem solving and program design in C., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
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
||Assignment 1 C Programming
||Assignment 2 Embedded System Programming
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
||120 minutes during Autumn Special (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Xiaojun Zhai
School Office, email: csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770
Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Dr Robert John Watson
University of Bath
Dr Xu Wang
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).
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