ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Electrical specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • Level 3 core unit in the Software Engineering specialisation in the Engineering Science major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
Topics include digital systems and switching networks, Boolean algebra, logic gates, combinational logic, programmable logic devices; flip-flops, counters, shift registers; sequential logic design, state machines, function units; structured central processing unit (CPU) design; microprocessors and programming; instrumentation—sensors, actuators, digital and analogue input/output, motor drivers, shaft encoders; standard interfaces and protocols; architecture and programming of embedded processors, and hands-on experience with embedded system design.
Students are able to (1) design and build combinational and sequential logic circuits for digital systems of moderate complexity; (2) design a CPU from digital components as a building block; (3) design and develop embedded systems including interfacing sensors and actuators; (4) design software for embedded systems; (5) identify the appropriate type of digital implementation technology for a given task, with an appreciation of its advantages and limitations; and (6) work effectively in a team.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) group project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Thomas Braunl
Unit rules
completion of 18 points of the Level 1 and Level 2 units taken from the degree-specific Engineering Science major including (ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
ENSC2001 Motion)
(CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Advisable prior study:
ENSC2003 Engineering Electrical Fundamentals
ENSC2001 Motion
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
Students commencing Engineering Science prior to 2017 and who intend to specialise in Electrical and Electronic Engineering should not take this unit as the content is covered in the MPE.
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