ACS6127 Real-Time Embedded Systems
Many systems, for example; a control system, fault detection system or health monitoring system are required to work in real-time. Such systems can be developed and implemented using a CPU and external devices in an embedded system application/device to perform the desired tasks in the “real” world. This module covers the hardware associated with building an embedded system and how the desired functionality and thus real-time operation of an embedded system can be realised through software/hardware.
Credits: 15 (Autumn semester)
If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask.
Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me.
By the end of the module students will be able to:
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
Learning and Teaching Methods
NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.
The module is built around individual take home kit that each student will collect and use in both the scheduled labs and in their own time for the duration of the module.
Each two hour lecture will comprise of a one hour lecture to cover the theory and important concepts and will be followed by a one hour live demonstration which will cover how the concepts are implemented on the lab kit. There will also be additional reading sheets cover additional topics that are important for the labs.
There will be a mixture of assessed and non-assessed labs. In the non-assessed labs the lab sheets will enhance the teaching of theory and concepts in the lectures by providing appropriate context. Students will gain practical hands on experience both implementing appropriate techniques commonly used in embedded systems design and in creating solutions to meet given systems specifications using the methods learnt. In addition students will be expected to conduct independent learning using the provided resources.
Problem solving and tutorial classes will also be used to provide feedback to the full class on the labs and to cover solutions to some of the provided tasks and exercises.
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard (MOLE).
The resources available on Blackboard (MOLE) and shared drives include lecture slides and additional notes, everything required for the laboratories, including lab sheets, programming guides, component data sheets, and video guides
Resit assignments are not available for this module
Students will receive feedback during the module via a variety of mechanisms:
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.
You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.