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COMP10242: Microcontrollers (2008-2009)

This is an archived syllabus from 2008-2009

Microcontrollers
Level: 1
Credit rating: 10
Pre-requisites: COMP10031, COMP10211
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: 11 weeks in second semester
Lectures: No formal lectures
Labs: 40 hours in total, 20 2-hour sessions
Lecturers: Jim Garside, Paul Nutter
Course lecturers: Jim Garside

Paul Nutter

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Timetable
SemesterEventLocationDayTimeGroup
Sem 2 w19-26,30-33 Lab Toot 0 Tue 10:00 - 12:00 -
Sem 2 w19-26,30-33 Lab Toot 0 Thu 13:00 - 15:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 0%
Coursework: 0%
Lab: 100%

Aims

This course aims to familiarise students with the use of microprocessors/microcontrollers for simple control and interfacing applications. The course aims to develop the understanding of the programming and operation of the ARM processor introduced in COMP10031 to include modular program construction, separation of user and operating system tasks and interfacing techniques at the hardware and software levels.

This course builds upon the understanding of processor operation and assembler programming introduced in COMP10031 and upon the logic design in introduced in COMP10211 to show how hardware and software interact in the solution of interfacing problems.

Learning Outcomes

A student completing this course should:

Appreciate the function and need for an operating system. (A3)
Be competent in assembler programming. (B2, C5, C6, D5)
Know when and how to use interrupts. (A2, A3)
Have experienced a wide variety of interfaces and interface techniques. (B2, B3, C5, D4)
Understand the hardware-software interface and the implementation trade-offs around this boundary. (A3, B3)

Assessment of Learning outcomes

All learning outcomes are assessed incrementally in the laboratory.

Contribution to Programme Learning Outcomes

A2, A3, B2, B3, C5, C6, D4, D5

Syllabus

Basic Interfacing [1]

Parallel I/O [2]

Procedure calls, Nesting & Stacking [2]

System calls, Privilege levels, Initialisation [2]

Timers [3]

Interrupts [2]

Real-time operation, User interaction [2]

System design [3]

Project [5]

Reading List

Title: ARM Assembly Language: an introduction
Author: Gibson, J. R.
ISBN: 9781847536969
Publisher: Lulu.com
Edition:
Year: 2007
A straightforward, introductory text on ARM assembly language. Also reasonably cheap.