Course Title: Design embedded controller systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: EEET6746C

Course Title: Design embedded controller systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6084 - Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit covers designing control systems using microcontrollers, or PCs or embedded signal processors (DSPs). It encompasses working safely, following design briefs and applying knowledge of embedded system devices, interpreting device specifications, constructing prototypes, using appropriate development software, applying programming techniques, testing developed system prototype operation, verifying compliance of the design against the final brief and documenting design and development work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEED052B Design embedded controller systems


Design and develop advanced embedded systems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of embedded devices and systems and
compliance standards are applied to the design.
2.3 Alternative arrangements for the design are
considered based on the requirements outlined in the design brief.
2.4 Safety, functional and budget considerations are
incorporated in the design.
2.5 Prototype devices and circuits are constructed and
tested for compliance with the design brief and regulatory requirements.
2.6 Prototype malfunctions are rectified and retested to
ensure effective operation of design.


Obtain approval for embedded systems design.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Embedded system design is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).
3.2 Requests for design modifications are negotiated with relevant person(s) within the constraints of organisation policy.
3.3 Final design is documented and approval obtained
from appropriate person(s).
3.4 Quality of work is monitored against personal
performance agreement and/or established organisational or professional standards.


Prepare to design and develop advance embedded systems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS processes and procedures for a given work area are identified obtained and understood.
1.2 Established OHS risk control measures and
procedures are followed in preparation for the work.
1.3 The extent of the proposed embedded system
development is determined from the design brief or in consultation with appropriate person(s).
1.4 Design development work is planned to meet
scheduled timelines in consultation with others involved on the work site.
1.5 Materials and devices/components required for the
work are selected on compatibility of their specifications with embedded system requirements and project budget constraints.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The student must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.
The learning activities will include lectures, class room tutorials, practical exercises and work simulated project/s.

Teaching Schedule

WeekTopicAssessment Task
1Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS issues etc  
2Introduction to fixed point processors  
3Programming model of a fixed point processor  
4Assembly language programming of fixed point processors  
5Software development techniques – C programming of a fixed point processor Task1: Practical 20%
6Exception processing and handling  
7Implementing time critical functions – mixing c and assembly programming  
8Implementing time critical functions – mixing c and assembly programming  
9Implementing engineering algorithms using fixed point processors  
10Implementing engineering algorithms using fixed point processors  
11Integrated peripherals: GPIOs,SPI, Timers, A/D etc
, catch-up test, laboratory work catch-up.
12Signal conditioning, A/D and D/A conversions  
13Hardware interfacing  
14Student project  
15Student project  
16Student project  
17Student project Task 2: Student project - 40%
18Assessment feedbackTask 3: written Exam 40%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text book for this course. students will only use user manuals as detailed in reference books' section


DSP56F800 user manual
DSP56800 family manual

Code warrior Development studio for Motorola 56800/E Hybrid controllers: DSP56F80x/DSP56F82x Family Targetting Manual

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Practical test

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 : 20%

Assessment task 1 will be a practical assignment  to be completed by week 5. 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

Competency National CodeCompetency TitleTutorial/Practical ExercisesProject/ExaminationProject ReportWIL
UEENEED052BDesign embedded controller systems




UEENEEH088BDesign and develop electronics/computer systems project 





Other Information

This course is taught in conjunction with EEET6743C. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of both the competencies UEENEED052B and UEENEEH088B

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