ENEE14006 - Embedded Microcontrollers

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to microcontroller basics and their real-world applications. Fundamentals of high-level structured language programming, essential for programming a microcontroller, will be taught in this unit. You will learn about different microcontroller families and their similarities and differences from an application point of view. You will also learn about microcontroller architecture, memory maps, addressing modes, interrupts, timers, counters, and hardware interfacing of a chosen microcontroller. You will learn how to program a microcontroller in a high-level language using an integrated development environment. Advance topics of reading analog inputs, implementation of Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter connections with the external world, Pulse Width Modulation, will also be covered in this unit. After learning the fundamentals of hardware interfacing you will practice them in a laboratory using a microcontroller development system based on a specific microcontroller and finally design and prototype a real-world application of the embedded system in your project using the same development system. Online students are required to attend the Residential School.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: (ENEE13020 Digital Electronics AND ENEE13018 Analogue Electronics) OR ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mackay
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Portfolio 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 2.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
The video tutorials are really helpful
Recommendation
The video tutorial series will be further developed.
Action Taken
Additional videos were made.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
The open ended project is really good, however there are some logistics issues related to components.
Recommendation
The project will be redesigned to eliminate the logistics issues related to component in multi campus delivery.
Action Taken
The project was kept as open ended.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
It is good to have a list of suggested projects at the beginning of the term to choose from.
Recommendation
There will be a list of projects for the students to choose from and the components will be available immediately.
Action Taken
A list of suggested projects were provided.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
The programming task lists should have a weight in the final portfolio
Recommendation
The portfolio assessment criteria will be modified to integrate the weight from programming task assessment items.
Action Taken
Assessment was modified to have two assignments focusing on software and hardware programming.
Source: 'Have your say' survey
Feedback
The portfolio document consumes a lot of student time which otherwise would have invest in learning and practice more of core content.
Recommendation
Final portfolio will be simplified by spreading the load into different individual and group projects
Action Taken
The portfolio assessment criteria was modified to address group and individual contributions.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
The students have appreciated the clear, to the point, and easy to follow assignments.
Recommendation
The assignments will continue to be clear and concise
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
The students have appreciated the learning material and the depth of knowledge of the teaching staff.
Recommendation
Learning material will further be improved.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
The students have appreciated the programming knowledge gained from this unit which even supports someone who does not have prior knowledge in the area to develop into a confident programmer of hardware.
Recommendation
Further improved support for learning will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
Students have highlighted that the assessment criteria in the portfolio did not clearly define the particular project, which leads to several problems in the implementation stage.
Recommendation
The open-ended project allowed the portfolio assessment criteria to have space for any extraordinary projects to score high marks with successful completion. However, in the next offering, the project will be predefined and the portfolio assessment criteria will be clearly specified based on that project as a trial. If students prefer that setup over the open-ended project, then that model will be continued in the future offerings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your Say' survey
Feedback
Students were unhappy with the level of support in some campuses.
Recommendation
Unit coordinator will use Zoom to provide additional support for all campuses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental structured programming knowledge to develop software solutions
  2. Program a microcontroller to interface with external devices such as analog and digital sensors, actuators and computers
  3. Analyse and design microcontroller based real-time applications using a given industry standard development system and software tools
  4. Prototype an embedded microcontroller system for an authentic application
  5. Communicate professionally using relevant technical terminology, symbols, and diagrams and effectively document design and prototyped solutions
  6. Work autonomously and as a team member to analyse problems and present solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio