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Unit Overview


This unit covers the four major areas:

Digital Systems:

A brief overview of digital system components before moving on to advanced digital circuitry, function units, embedded system design and safety systems.

Embedded Microprocessors and Microcontrollers:

Structured design of a complete CPU (central processing unit), RAM, ROM, addresses and memory access, computer architecture, interfacing and integration.


Sensor and actuator types, interface standards, digital and analog I/O, shaft encoders, motor driver hardware, PWM (pulse width modulation), standard communication protocols

Programming for Embedded Systems:

Embedded programming in Python and C, sensor and image data processing, PID motor control, interrupt handling, background timer and multi-threading.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Automation and Robotics Engineering; Biomedical Engineering; Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Software Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) design combinational and sequential logic circuits for embedded systems of moderate complexity; (2) design a CPU from digital components as a building block; (3) 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; (6) work effectively in a team; and (7) assess risk, reliability and safety aspects of embedded systems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) group project; and (3) examinations. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Thomas Braunl
Unit rules
GENG2000 Engineering Practice 2 and
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITX1001 Software Engineering with Java
or CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITX1401 Computational Thinking with Python
or CITS2005 Object Oriented Programming
or CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation (ID 343)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems
and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.