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COMP5320: Embedded Systems Programming (2012 - Semester 1)

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Unit: COMP5320: Embedded Systems Programming (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Computer Science
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Scholz, Bernhard
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Embedded systems account for more than 90% of all microprocessor usage. The aim of this unit is to provide an introduction to the programming of embedded systems. The main aims are (i) to learn about programming under constraints including limited memory, computational power and energy, (ii) to learn about tools and methodology to develop embedded system software, (iii) to use operating system drivers to decouple the application logic from low level hardware programming, and (iv) learn about operating system primitives for concurrency, timing, scheduling, communications and synchronisation.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Timetable: COMP5320 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Laboratory 1.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 13

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
1. Knowledge of various types of I/O programming: memory mapped I/O, interrupts, DMA, buses (e.g. I2C)
2. Knowledge of programming under constraints, i.e., limited memory, computational power, and energy
3. Knowledge of design and implementation of operation systems drivers for Embedded Systems
4. Knowledge of operating system primitives for concurrency, timing, scheduling, communications and synchronisation
5. Basic experience of implementing an embedded systems application for RISC architecture and a Unix-like operating system.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment Yes 50.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Quiz Yes 50.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Multiple embedded systems programming assignments.

Quiz: Multiple quizzes throughout the semester
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Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 Hardware I/O
Week 3 Programming Micro-Controller
Week 4 Programming Micro-Controller
Week 5 Linux Device-Driver
Week 6 Linux Device-Driver
Week 7 Linux Device-Driver
Week 8 Linux Device-Driver
Week 9 Programming under constraints
Week 10 Programming under Constraints
Week 11 Programming under Constraints
Week 12 Software Methodology
Week 13 Revision