KD6001 - Microcontrollers in Embedded Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

The student will learn the architecture, and how to program a high performance microcontroller - ARM M0+ cortex. Specifically this will include: A consideration of the relative merits of a number of commercially available microcontrollers A detailed investigation of the ARM cortex series of microcontrollers, including architecture, peripherals and capabilities. Using ARM IDE development tools to compose, compile and faultfind programs written in a high level programming language ('C'). Features of the ARM microcontroller that will be considered are: Clock generation - internal/external GPIO - general purpose input/output ADC - analogue to digital converter USART, SPI, I2C - serial communications Timers Interrupt capability

How will I learn on this module?

Two lectures per week provide essential module content. supported by two hour weekly workshops throughout the semester. Initially the workshops enable the students to become familiar and be able to use the ARM IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The students will use the IDE to compose programs e.g. using the on board ADC (Analogue to Digital converter). The programs can then be complied and downloaded to the freescale ARM M0+ board where the code can be tested on the board by single stepping the code and by using other available debugging features within the IDE. Once familiar with the IDE and the ARM microcontroller ,the students will be able to tackle the laboratory which assesses the students ability to program and use the development tools. The student will be required to demonstrate developed programs. By following this process students will develop key transferable skills that can be applied to most industries. The assignment which follows will be to develop an embedded system incorporating the ARM M0+ micrcontroller to meet a given specification. The specification will involve controlling a 'real world application', and will require software development. Students will submit an embedded systems report, containing all aspects of design, software development and testing. Students will complete a PowerPoint presentation of their development to staff and give a practical demonstration of their work.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Module content is provided by lectures. The workshops enable the students to become familiar with the IDE and the Freescale ARM M0+ cortex microcontroller Students will be provided with Freescale ARM M0+ boards in the laboratory which will provide the target system for the programs compiled on the IDE. The workshops also provide a forum for discussion allowing students to ask questions and to receive feedback on their work from staff. A number of example programs and online videos are provided on the e-LP as well as links to appropriate websites. The laboratory assessment provides current feedback to the students. Succesful completion of the assignment will require the student to engage in directed and independent learning activities.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
a) Demonstrate the application of knowledge in the design of embedded systems with application to real world problems
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
b) Design an embedded system to meet a given specification in terms of performance, cost and aesthetics. c) Build and test an embedded system using IDE software tools and practical test equipment d) Critically analyse the performance of the embedded system.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
Document design, development, testing analysis and conclusion in the form of a report

How will I be assessed?

Laboratory - 30% MLOs assessed - a) Feedback provided during laboratory session Embedded systems project report - 70% MLOs assessed- b), c), d), e) Feedback provided at organised feedback session 20 days after submission of assignment





Module abstract

You will learn how to incorporate an ARM microcontroller into an embedded system. The architecture, capabilities and features of the ARM microcontroller will be studied in depth. Professional industry standard development tools along with videos and materials provided by the ARM corporation, will be used to learn how to program the microcontroller in assembly, and the C programming languages, in order to implement an embedded system to a given specification.

Course info

UCAS Code H610

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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