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INTR6018 - Microcontroller Applications

Title:Microcontroller Applications
Long Title:Microcontroller Applications
Module Code:INTR6018
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: KEITH MC MULLAN
Module Description: An interactive introduction to electronics, computing and sensor-based data acquisition.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Derive and apply solutions from knowledge of computers and computation.
LO2 Identify, formulate, analyse and solve data acquisition problems.
LO3 Design computer programs to meet a specified need.
LO4 Work effectively as an individual and in teams in the area of software engineering, software tools, debugging, and documentation
LO5 Organise and pursue integrated projects.
Pre-requisite learning
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

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.

Basic familiarity with computers and software.
No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Computational Thinking
Problem-solving, System Design and Algorithms
Elements of Programming
Control Flow, Iteration, Variables, Events, Conditionals, Timers and Arrays
Computer Science Fundamentals
Data types, Control Structures, Operators, Functions and Libraries
Microcontroller Architecture
Basics of microprocessor and microcontroller architecture
The Arduino board
Arduino Uno hardware structure: Analog, Digital, Serial, PWM, SPI, Interrupts
Interfacing with sensors and actuators
Interfacing to and calibration of sensors: temperature, pressure, proximity, distance, light-intensity, accelleration, GPS Output to: servo actuators using PWM, LED and LCD displays, Serial data stream
Instrumentation and control fundamentals
Sensor technology, accuracy, repeatibility, transient response. Basic proportional control.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Software based assesment. 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 3
Project Software and hardware based assesment. 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 6
Project Communication protocol based assesment. 1,2,3,4 20.0 Week 9
Project Group project. Design, implementation and presentation of a creative project. 5 40.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

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 Class-based lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab-based activity 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent Learning Self-directed learning 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Michael Margolis, 2011, Arduino Cookbook, O'Reilly Media [ISBN: 978-1-4493-1387-6]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 4 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 5 Elective

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