C Programming and Embedded Systems
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
21 July 2023
Requisites for this module
BENGH650 Computer Systems Engineering,
BENGH651 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Year Abroad),
BENGH750 Computer Systems Engineering (Including Foundation Year),
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),
BSC GH01 Computing and Electronics,
BSC GH02 Computing and Electronics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC GH03 Computing and Electronics (Including Placement Year),
BSC GH3P Computing and Electronics (Including Foundation 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),
BENGH733 Mechatronic Systems (Including Foundation Year),
BSC H737 Mechatronics,
BSC H738 Mechatronics (including Placement Year),
BSC H739 Mechatronics (including Year Abroad)
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
Toulson, R. and Wilmshurst, T. (2017) Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed
. 2nd edn. Oxford, UK: Newnes. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/C2015-0-00101-0
Hanly, J.R., Koffman, E.B. and Tahiliani, M.B. (2016) Problem Solving and Program Design in C
. 8th Global Edition. Harlow, UK: Pearson Education. Available at: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/universityofessex-ebooks/detail.action?docID=5174400
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
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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Xiaojun Zhai, email: email@example.com.
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 Shadan Khan Khattak
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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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