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ECM2115 - PICS, Microcontrollers and Microprocessors (2015)

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MODULE TITLEPICS, Microcontrollers and Microprocessors CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2115 MODULE CONVENERDr Mustafa Aziz (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

From mobile phones to microwave ovens, the electrical devices we take for granted could not function without microcontrollers and microprocessors.


In this module, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of the design, operation and application of PICS, microcontrollers and microprocessors and to assembly language programming for the Microchip PIC16MCU series devices.


Prerequisite module: ECM1102, ECM1106 or equivalent


 

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to develop your understanding of the fundamental principles of the design, architecture and applications of microcontrollers. The laboratory sessions concentrate on the PIC16MCU development system,  and you will get the chance to use assembly language programming to develop a range of applications.


This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references U1, U2, E1, E2, E3, E4, D1, D4, D5, D6, S4, P1, P3 and P6.These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 
Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 demonstrate understanding of microcontroller and microprocessor architectures and operation;
2 show comprehension of the fundamentals of assembly language programming;
3  exhibit an appreciation of the application areas for microcontroller and microprocessor systems;
4 develop simple application routines for the Microchip PIC16MCU series of microcontroller.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
5  reveal improved practical electronic laboratory skills, in particular in the area of PIC programming and application;
6  exemplify improved knowledge of the operation and application of digital electronic systems;
7  illustrate an appreciation of embedded systems design and application.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
8 demonstrate improved problem solving skills;
9 show improved independent study skills;
10  display improved group working skills.
 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- number systems and binary arithmetic; 

- microprocessor review - types and development history; 

- microprocessor and microcontroller architectures;

- address, data and control buses; 

- memory systems and address decoding; 

- parallel, serial and analogue input/output; 

- ancillary circuits;

- assembly language programming; 

- overall system design, development and application; 

- the PIC16FMCU series development environment.
 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 51.00 Guided Independent Study 99.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 18 Laboratories
Guided independent study 99 Assessment and lecture preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Lab tasks 10 hours All Verbal
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 60 2 hours 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 None
Coursework – TMA 1 10 3 hours 1,6,8,9 Written and verbal
Coursework – TMA 2 10 3 hours 1,2,3,7,8,9 Written and verbal
Coursework – laboratory assignment based on PIC16FMCU series microcontroller 20 15 hours (9 hrs is in allocated lab and tutorial time) All Written
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) 1,2,3,4,7,8,9 August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.
 

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk


 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Storey, N Electronics: A Systems Approach Addison Wesley 2009 9780273719182 [Library]
Set Smith, D.W. PIC In Practice - a project based approach 2nd Newnes 2006 978-0750668262 [Library]
Set Horowitz, P and Hill, W The Art of Electronics 2 CUP 1989 0-521-37095-7 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1102, ECM1106
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH PICS; microcontrollers; microprocessors; microchip; assembly language programming.