Course Title: Develop software solutions in microcontroller based systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: ISYS5665C

Course Title: Develop software solutions in microcontroller based systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6083 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Sukhvir Singh Judge

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254470

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers developing, implementing and testing programming solutions in microcontroller based systems. It encompasses following development brief, using appropriate development software, writing code, applying problem solving procedures, testing and modifying of programs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH015B Develop software solutions in microcontroller based systems


Develop code.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Correct syntax is applied when developing code.

2.3 Key features of the programming language used are
applied to develop and test solutions.
2.4 Approaches to issues/problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions.
2.5 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards.


Prepare to develop code.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work are followed.
1.3 The extent of code development work is determined from job performance specifications and in
consultations with relevant persons.
1.4 Activities are planned to meet scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work.
1.5 Appropriate development kit and software are selected based on specified requirements and
performance standard.
1.6 Strategies are implemented to ensure programming is carried out efficiently.


Test and document the development of code.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Testing procedures are developed to analyse code.
3.2 Problems and bugs in code are rectified to ensure specifications are met.
3.3 Intermediate and final work reports are written in accordance with professional standards and presented to appropriate person or persons.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities will include lectures, class room tutorials, practical exercises and work simulated project/s.

Teaching Schedule

This competency is taught in conjunction with "UEENEEH048B: EEET 6760C Design and develop advanced digital systems". Therefore the teaching schedule includes both competencies. The name of this cluster is Microprocessor Applications 1.

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopic Assessment Task1Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues etc
Combinational logic Analysis  2Combinational logic Analysis
Combinational logic design
Osscilators for digital circuits  3Sequential logic analysis 4Sequential logic design 5Introduction to student project, specifications, design brief, time lines, test procedures, test equipment,
Selection of devices/components, testing tools and design documentation .  6Introduction to student project, specifications, design brief, time lines, test procedures, test equipment,
Selection of devices/components, testing tools and design documentation.  7Integrating combinational and sequential logic designs to develop a real life application 8Assessment 1 - Students to show the working model of their design problem (State machine design assignment) 9Programming tools and techniquesTask1: Practical  - 20%10Input/output port programming, testing and debugging techniques 11Interrupt handling and modular programming techniques 12Timers, A/D subsystems 13Peripheral and hardware interfacing: Keypad. Display, power circuits etc 14Analog interfacing using inbuilt A/D converter  15Student project 16Student project 17Assessment , catch-up test, laboratory work catch-up.Task 2: Student project - 40%18Final ExamTask 3: written Exam  - 40%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Embedded C programming and the ATMEL AVR by Richard Barnett, Larry O’Cull and Sarah Cox


ATmega 32 datasheet
AVR assembly language instruction set manual
AVR assembler user guide

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical test
Written Examination

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 : 20%

Assessment task 1 will be a set of tutorial and practical exercises. All these exercises need to be completed by week 9. These tutorial/practical exercises will be available on learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 2: 40%
A hardware interfacing project:- Students will be required to construct, test and debug the project hardware and software and will be required to produce a project report. The project details will be provided on the learning hub and student’s local drive.

Assessment task 3 : 40%
A Written Examination on All the learning aspects of these competencies. The exam will be based on what students have learned in their tutorial/practical exercises and their student project.

Assessment Matrix


 Assessment Types 

Competency National Code Competency Title Tutorial/Practical Exercises Project/ ExaminationProject Report WIL
UEENEEH048B Design and develop advanced digital systems X  X   
UEENEEH015BDevelop and test code for microcontroller devices  X  XX


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