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ELTR7019 - Microcomputer Applications

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Title:Microcomputer Applications
Long Title:Microcomputer Applications
Module Code:ELTR7019
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Electronic Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2020/21 ( September 2020 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: MARTIN HILL
Module Author: FERGUS O REILLY
Module Description: This module examines the application of digital embedded electronic microprocessors and microcontrollers in the fields of electronic, control and commmunications systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe and contrast current microprocessor and microcontroller systems and select the appropriate models for particular applications.
LO2 For particular embedded applications, identify the inputs/outputs and requirements and select the most appropriate microprocessor/microcontroller for that application.
LO3 Use an industry standard micro-controller (16/32 bit) to measure time, generate output patterns, perform Analog/Digital (A/D) conversion and communicate with other devices.
LO4 Interface complex devices such as keypads, displays, communication modules with microcontrollers.
LO5 Test, analyse and debug electronic circuits using industry standard tools.
LO6 Examine embedded device life cycle, reliability, support and environmental issues, and their impact (legal & business) in particular applications.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Students will have completed Level 6 courses (or equivalent) in Programming and Digital Electronics.
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Embedded Microcontrollers Vs General Purpose Microprocessors
Comparison of the example of microprocessors (Intel x86 family) and microcontrollers (Raspberry Pi). Introduction to PIC 24 or Arm Cortex microcontroller as embedded controllers. Examples of typical microcontrollers.
Microchip PIC 24 or ARM Cortex Family & Hardware
Instruction set and physical architecture.
Building Basic Controller Systems
Identifying inputs - digital, analog, complex sources. Identifying outputs - digital, analog, PWM. Timed signals algorithms.
Microcontroller Modules
Digital I/O, timers, A/D converters, PWM, serial port, interrupt operations.
Interfacing External Components
Multi-line LCD, matrix keypads, wireless modules, IoT interfaces.
Testing & Debugging
Debugging tools, logic analysers, serial/parallel data capture and extraction.
Device Lifecycle
Case studies looking at lifecyle of devices, length of support, discontinuation of products, environmental disposal requirements and industry legal practice.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Successful completion of a programme of laboratory, group based mini project, and research exercises to demonstrate competence, understanding and critical analysis, i.e. (a) lab exercises including A/D conversion/serial communication using 16/32 bit microcontroller and industry standard communication modules, (b) choosing an appropriate microcontroller and developing a prototype for a group mini-project, (c) report/presentation on component life cycle in the automobile electronics industry. 3,4,5,6 30.0 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory incl worked examples 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practicals based on various hardware and software assignments 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review of lecture notes, resources, preparation for assessment deliverables. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory incl. worked examples 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Lab Practicals based on various hardware and software assignments 1.5 Every Week 1.50
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Review of lecture notes, resources, preparation for assessment deliverables. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Microchip Inc 2013, PIC24FJ64GA004 FAMILY, Microchip inc Online -Microchip.com [ISBN: NONE]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Robert B. Reese, J. W. Bruce, Bryan A. Jones 2014, Microcontrollers: From Assembly Language to C Using the Pic24 Family, 2nd edition Ed., Cengage Learning PTR [ISBN: 978-130507655]
  • Jonathan Volvano 2011, Embedded Systems: Real-Time Interfacing to Arm Cortex-M Microcontrollers, 5th Edition Ed., CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform [ISBN: 978-146359015]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EELES_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering Sept 2021 5 Mandatory
CR_EELXE_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 5 Mandatory

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