COMPX349-23B (HAM)

Embedded Systems

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
Academic Divisions
Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences Office
Department of Computer Science

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: buddhika.subasinghe@waikato.ac.nz

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)

Tutor(s)

Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)

Librarian(s)

: anne.ferrier-watson@waikato.ac.nz

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What this paper is about

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This course covers the principles and design of embedded systems, including micro-controllers, embedded system architecture, real-time programming and operating systems, and Field Programmable Gate Arrays.

The learning outcomes for this paper are linked to Washington Accord graduate attributes WA1-WA11. Explanation of the graduate attributes can be found at: https://www.ieagreements.org/

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How this paper will be taught

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There will be two in-person lectures per week. Laboratory sessions start from the second week onwards, students should attend one lab session each week. There will also be online interactive mini-lectures which should be watched before attending the sessions.

Assessment will comprise the laboratory sessions, two tests and three assignments.

All materials will be made available via Moodle.

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Required Readings

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Support material for select topics will be linked in the course Moodle page.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Identify the constraints and benefits of embedded systems. (WA1, WA4)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test 1 (1)
    Test 2 (2)
    Laboratories (3)
  • Develop efficient C code for limited memory and low power systems. (WA2, WA3)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test 1 (1)
    Laboratories (3)
    Assignment 1 (4)
    Assignment 2 (5)
  • Construct systems that are responsive in real time. (WA2, WA3)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Laboratories (3)
    Assignment 2 (5)
    Assignment 3 (6)
  • Analyse hardware components used in embedded systems, considering their functionality for computation, storage, communication, and power usage. (WA4, WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test 1 (1)
    Test 2 (2)
    Laboratories (3)
  • Analyse communication protocols and hardware used for I/O and system integration. (WA5)
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Test 2 (2)
    Laboratories (3)
    Assignment 3 (6)
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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Samples of your work may be required as part of the Engineering New Zealand accreditation process for BE(Hons) degrees. Any samples taken will have the student name and ID redacted. If you do not want samples of your work collected then please email the engineering administrator, Natalie Shaw (natalie.shaw@waikato.ac.nz), to opt out.
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
8 Sep 2023
12:00 PM
15
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Test 2
13 Oct 2023
12:00 PM
20
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
3. Laboratories
20
  • In Class: In Lab
4. Assignment 1
18 Aug 2023
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Assignment 2
18 Sep 2023
No set time
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Assignment 3
16 Oct 2023
No set time
15
  • Hand-in: In Lab
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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