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MECH4730: Computers in Real-Time Control and Instrumentation (2011 - Semester 1)

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Unit: MECH4730: Computers in Real-Time Control and Instrumentation (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Nebot, Eduardo
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: MTRX3700.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims for students to: learn the fundamental principles and requirements of real time software design: understand the basic components of an embedded systems; learn, appreciate and understand the various stages that need to be completed in a large software system implementation; learn the capabilities of a typical high performance real time operating system.

At the end of this unit students will have a basic knowledge of the hardware components available in a microcomputer system and a detailed knowledge of facilities and capabilities typically present in a professional real time operating system. The student will have the competence to design, implement and debug interrupt-driven / event driven multitasking systems. The outcomes of this subject are: to be able to design, plan and implement a large real time software system.; to understand the complexity of real time programming; to be able to select appropriate software/hardware platforms for a given control/monitoring task; to understand the problematic of real time software design; to be able to select appropriate software design tool for a real time task: to be able to debug a complete real time system; to be able to organize and distribute tasks in a large software project; to be able to monitor and control the progress towards a due day working in a group; to understand the main facilities offered by professional real time operating system: Processes, Threads, Timers, interrupts, interprocess communications; to be able to present / demonstrate a real time system in time; to be able to report results in a professional manner.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Professor Nebot, Eduardo
Timetable: MECH4730 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 12
2 Laboratory 3.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Laboratory: Labs. Some weeks will require 2 labs

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Design and conduct experiment to analyse the performance of the system, detect problems and implement solution to these problems Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2)
Student will gain expertise in state of the art real time operating systems Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4)
Effective communication techniques that emphasize clear presentation ideas, approaches and solution to technical and non technical personnel Professional Communication (Level 4)
Develop the skills to work in a team. Learn how to distribute tasks, monitoring progress to deliver successful demonstration at a due date. Teamwork and Project Management (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2)
1. To be able to select appropriate software platforms for a given image processing task
2. To be able to debug a complete real time system
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4)
3. To be able to design, plan and implement a large real time software system
4. To understand the complexity of real time programming
Professional Communication (Level 4)
5. To be able to present / demonstrate a real time system in time.
6. To be able to report results in a professional manner.
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 4)
7. To be able to monitor and control the progress towards a due day working in a group
8. To be able to organize and distribute tasks in a large software project
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Skills Yes 50.00 Week 1
2 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period
Assessment Description: Lab Skills: Lab work.

Final Exam: Examination.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, special consideration and appeals in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies can be found on the Faculty's policy page at http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/policies Faculty policies are governed by Academic Board resolutions whose details can be found on the Central Policy Online site at http://www.usyd.edu.au/policy/

Policies regarding assessment formatting, submission methods, late submission penalties and assessment feedback depend on the unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, should be found above with other assessment details.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Online Course Content: webct

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Lecture
lecture
Assessment Due: Lab Skills
Week 2 lab1
lab1
Week 3 Lecture
Lab2
Week 4 Lab2
Lab 2
Week 5 Lab 2
lecture
Week 6 Lab 3
lab 3
Week 7 Lab 3
Lab 3
Week 8 Lecture
Lab4
Week 9 Lab 4
Lab 4
Week 10 Lecture
lab 5
Week 11 Lab 5
Lab 5
Week 12 Lab 5
Lab 5
Week 13 Rept Lab 5
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Mechatronic (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2010
Mechatronic Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2010
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Law 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Arts 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Commerce 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Medical Science 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Project Management 2013
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013
Biomedical - Chemical and Biomolecular Major 2013
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013
Biomedical - Information Technology Major 2013
Biomedical - Mechanical Major 2013
Biomedical - Mechatronics Major 2013
Mechatronic Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechatronic Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechatronic Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2012, 2013
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Law 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design and Problem Solving Skills (Level 2) Yes 0%
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4) Yes 0%
Professional Communication (Level 4) Yes 0%
Teamwork and Project Management (Level 4) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.