TRON06042 2019 Embedded Programming 201

General Details

Full Title
Embedded Programming 201
Transcript Title
Embedded Programming 201
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Subject Area
TRON - Electronics
COEL - Computing & Electronic Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Diane O'Brien, Sean Mullery
Programme Membership
SG_EELCO_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing SG_EAUTM_N06 201900 Level 6 Certificate in Engineering in Automation and Electronics SG_EELCO_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Engineering in Electronic and Computing

This Module covers the basic programming for a microcontroller using the C programming language.  Topics include: Reading and writing to ports, Interrupt service routines, using hardware Timers, Serial Port and other communications port programming.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Differentiate between C for microcontrollers and C for desktop computers.


Develop programs to access hardware on a microcontroller


Develop Interrupt Service Routines for event driven programs.


Appreciate resource constraints of Embedded Systems.


Determine the correct code to interface with specific hardware external to the microcontroller.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught by a flipped classroom asynchronous model whereby the students will have short instructional videos that they can watch at their own pace. They will then attempt increasingly challenging problems with tutor support.

Module Assessment Strategies

Two open book assessments will be undertaken by the students under controlled circumstances totalling 50% of the marks. The students will be given a previously unseen assignment that is based on the programming problems they have been working. They can use their previously written code or textbooks and online resources but they are not permitted to communicate in any way.

The students will be given 25% of the assessment marks for various single attempt quizzes throughout the semester. The questions will be based on questions from formative quizzes that they have previously seen.

Finally, the students will be given a 25% assignment that will be larger and more challenging than what they are assessed on in the open book assessments. This assignment is done at the students own pace in time for a final deadline. It will be based on all the material for the semester.

Repeat Assessments

A repeat assessment open book assessment covering all of the course content can be set. However, it should be at the discretion of the course board as to whether the student may have to re-attend for the module as this is a 100% CA.

Indicative Syllabus

Cross Compilers, debuggers, Emulators, Simulators.

Specific differences between Microcontroller C and Desktop C.

Reading and writing to ports.

Interrupt Services Routines.

External Interrupts

Hardware Timers.

Serial Port and other communication mechanisms.

Resource issues, Look up tables, Integer Vs Floating Point.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Practical Exercises Formative Assignment - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Practical Evaluation Practical Exam Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 5 2,3
3 Practical Evaluation Practical Exam Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 25 % Week 9 2,3,4
4 Programming Assignment Project Assignment 25 % Week 12 2,3,4,5
5 Multiple Choice Quizes Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 25 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
6 Formative Quizzes Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 0 % OnGoing

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Computer Laboratory Practical 4 Weekly 4.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Online Online Lab 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 6 Weekly 6.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2014-09-19 Embedded C Programming: Techniques and Applications of C and PIC MCUS Newnes
ISBN 0128013141 ISBN-13 9780128013144
Recommended Reading
2017-12-07 Programming PIC Microcontrollers with XC8 Apress
ISBN 9781484232729 ISBN-13 9781484232729

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

C How to Program: Sixth Edition by Paul Deitel & Harvey Deitel. ISBN 978-0-13-705966-9

Practical C Programming: 3rd Edition by Steve Oualline. ISBN 1-56592-306-5

The C Programming Language: Second edition by Brian W. Kernighan & Dennis M. Ritchie ISBN 0-13-110362-8

Embedded C: by Michael J. Pont ISBN 0-201-79523-X

The 8051 Microcontroller: Third Edition by I. Scott Mackenzie ISBN 0-13-780008-8

EdSim51's Guide to the 8051: by James Rogers  ISBN 978-1442141803


Other Resources


IT Sligo C Coding Standard.

ACM Software Engineering Code of Ethics.

Additional Information