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Unit Overview


Topics include hardware–digital systems and switching networks, sequential logic design, memory, counters, shift registers, state machines, function units, structured central processing unit (CPU) design, embedded microprocessors and microcontrollers and assembly language; and 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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) select the appropriate type of digital implementation technology, discuss pros and cons, and apply it for a given task; (2) design, optimise and test digital systems; (3) design a CPU from digital components as a building block; (4) design and develop embedded systems including interfacing sensors and actuator; (5) design software for embedded systems using a combination of C and Assembly language; and (6) work effectively in a team.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories; (2) project; and (3) class tests, mid-semester test and a final examination. 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
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation
or Software Engineering specialisation)
or the Master of Information Technology
or Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering.
for pre-2012 courses: none
ELEC2303 Embedded Systems
and ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Advisable prior study
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation.
or CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering.
or CITS1401 Problem Solving and Programming.
or CITS2002 Programming and Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
labs: 28 hours: practical classes 12 hours
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