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

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2021 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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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 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
Assignment questions were made clearer and understandable.
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
The learning material was further improved.
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
Further support provided to improve students knowledge in programming.
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
A list of projects were given to students to select from. Still the option of open ended feature was kept within them for any high achieving students to demonstrate their creativity.
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
Zoom sessions were arranged to other campuses and a weekly special after-working hours Zoom session for Mixed mode students was made.
Source: self
Feedback
Changing the group project to an individual project.
Recommendation
Changing the project from a group project to an individual project was one of the key factors to have high student satisfaction as their marks are directly proportional to their own work, where in previous years the contribution from different group members caused problems in a group. On the other hand, that indirectly forces every student to engage with the unit if they want to be successful.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
The worked examples provided students a framework to build upon.
Recommendation
Providing worked examples will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
Gained knowledge of C programming and applied it in real world applications makes this unit worthwhile and align with the modern engineering world.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: 'Have your say' Survey
Feedback
A programming fundamentals unit in term 3 prior to this unit would be advantageous to students.
Recommendation
A programming fundamentals unit as an elective will be recommended to students prior to enrolling into this unit if possible.
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
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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
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio