Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will focus on the real-world application of microcontrollers to perform task-specific functions. Design architectures include systems based on 8-bit micro-controllers through to 64-bit processors. Topics include RISC/CISC architectures, parallel architectures, hardware design, power management and embedded software considerations. The course includes practical applications and laboratory sessions that allow students to develop programs in C and assembly and run these programs on embedded systems. The laboratory work focuses on C applications for a Z8 encore microcontroller which is the microcontroller examined in detail in lectures.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE2MDD or Admission into SMELE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Devlin

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week and delivered via face-to-face.

Two 1.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

One 1.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
eight labs (approx 1,200 words)30
five 1,000-word assignments20
one two-hour examination50