ELEC4403 Digital and Embedded Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 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
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation, Mechanical Engineering specialisation
Software Engineering specialisation)
the Master of Information Technology
Honours in Computer Science and Software Engineering; for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study:
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation;
CITS1001 Object-oriented Programming and Software Engineering;
CITS1401 Problem Solving and Programming;
CITS2002 Programming and Systems
ELEC2303 Embedded Systems
ENSC3020 Digital Embedded Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours; labs: 28 hours: practical classes 12 hours
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