Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will focus on the real-world application of microcontrollers to perform task-specific functions. Design architectures include systems based on 8-bitmicro-controllers through to 64-bit processors. Topics include RISC/CIS architectures, parallel architectures, hardware design, power management and embedded software considerations. The course includes practical applications and laboratory sessions that allow you to develop programs in C and assembly and run these programs on embedded systems.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAlex Stumpf

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents develop practical based skills via a weekly laboratory using an embedded processor development board. Assignments and the central administered exam cover theoretical and design-based skills.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE2MDD or Admission into SMELE or SMENE or SMENM


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate and implement programming techniques in order to design an embedded processor system.
02. Investigate embedded hardware systems concepts and analyse their applications.
03. Demonstrate the ability to design and write algorithms for resource limited processors.
04. Analyse and implement embedded processor features to demonstrate the capacity to design program functionality of embedded peripherals.
05. Demonstrate an ability to write logically focused essay which applies theoretical concepts of embedded processors and their applications, supported by discipline specific academic referencing and basic rules of grammar.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAlex Stumpf

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Asynchronous online lecture

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Eight Laboratory Design Tasks (2000 words total)Students demonstrate completed tasks to demonstrators across weekly laboratory classes

N/APractical demonstrationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

3 written assignments (1500 words total)Written design tasks covering major topics within the subject. One assignment is an essay.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

One 2 hour written examination (2000 words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4