Course Title: Develop and test code for microcontroller devices

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6745C

Course Title: Develop and test code for microcontroller devices

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254703

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ted Bown -

Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There is no prerequisite-competency for this unit.

Course Description

This competency standard unit covers structured programming instructions for micro devices at a fundamental level. The unit encompasses working safely, applying knowledge device architecture and programming fundamentals, writing and testing specified instructions and documenting development activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED028B Develop and test code for microcontroller devices


1. Prepare to develop and test basic specifications.

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 specifications to be developed is determined from job performance requirements 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.


2. Develop basic specification.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control measures and procedures for carrying out the work are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of micro controller functions and features are applied to developing specifications.
2.3 Correct structure and syntax is applied to developing program specification for target micro controller function.
2.4 Key features of the assembler programming language are applied to develop and test solutions.
2.5 Approaches to issues/problems are analysed to provide most effective solutions.
2.6 Quality of work is monitored against personal performance agreement and/or established organizational or professional standards.


3. Test and document the basic specification.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Testing procedures are developed to analyse code developed.
3.2 Problems and bugs are rectified to ensure specification the creation of the code is 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 student will participate in Laboratory based programming tasks, together with background research into C coding, classes and libraries.
Emphasis will be on access to microprocessor ports for control and testing of controller functions.

Teaching Schedule

Week Session 1 - (2 hours) : Session 2 (2 hours)
1 Introduction - Algorithm Design - Program Design : First Program
2 Pseudo Code and Flowcharts Class Task – Pseudo Code  : Elements of a Program Class Task Flow Chart
3 Developing an Algorithm  : Data Types
4 Selection of Control Structures Class Task - Menu : C Libraries
5 Repetition : Control Structures
6 Modularisation - Arithmetic, Relational and Logical Operators
7 Conditional Operators  : Loop Operators
8 Pointers  :Arrays
9 Arrays Class Task - Arrays  : Interrupts
10 Functions  : Memory Allocation
11 Characters and Strings  : Structures
12 Files Command Line Arguments : Sorting and Searching Practical Test
13 Exercises
14 Programming your microprocessor
15 Programming Projects
16 Programming Projects Project
17 Assessment
18 Assessment Laboratory

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

The assessment of this course will consist of:

1. Class laboratory exercises

2. Class programming exercises

3. Major assignment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment will be comprised of:
• Weekly Laboratory Sessions
• A Practical Laboratory Test
• A Project Submission

Assessment Matrix

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