Course Title: Troubleshoot microcontroller based hardware systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2016

Course Code: EEET7054C

Course Title: Troubleshoot microcontroller based hardware systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: vocenengineering@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sukhvir Singh Judge
Phone: +61 3 9925 4470

Email: sukhvir.singh@rmit.edu.au


 

   

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Nil

Course Description

This unit covers determining correct operation of microcontroller systems. It encompasses working safely, problem solving procedures, providing solutions derived from measurements and calculations to predictable faults in microcontroller hardware.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH166A Troubleshoot microcontroller based hardware systems

Element:

1. Prepare to work on microcontroller hardware.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are obtained and understood.
1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of microcontroller hardware problems is obtained from documentation or from work supervisor to establish the scope of work to be undertaken.
1.4 Advice is sought from the work supervisor to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others.
1.5 Sources of materials that may be required for the work are established in accordance with established procedures.
1.6 Tools, equipment and testing devices needed to carry out the work are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety.
 

Element:

2. Solve microcontroller hardware and firmware problems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 The need to test or measure live is determined in strict accordance with OHS requirements and when necessary conducted within established safety procedures.
2.3 Circuits are checked as being isolated where necessary in strict accordance OHS requirements and procedures.
2.4 Established methods are used to solve problems from measured and calculated values as they apply to microcontroller hardware.
2.5 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.
2.6 Problems are solved without unnecessary damage to apparatus, circuits, the surrounding environment or services and using sustainable energy practices.
 

Element:

3. Complete work and document problem solving activities.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 OHS work completion risk control measures and procedures are followed.
3.2 Work site is cleaned and made safe in accordance with established procedures.
3.3 Justification for solutions used to solve circuit problems is documented.
3.4 Work completion is documented and an appropriate person or persons notified in accordance with established procedures.
 


Learning Outcomes


Refer to Elements


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.
• lectures
• Tutorials
• Practicals

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:
This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

 EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1.  Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

 

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.
 

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEH166A in the Assessment Matrix.
 

   


Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance criteria
1Introduction to the competency

Digital Systems Concepts Associated with Microcontroller based systems.

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4

2

Microcontroller architecture

Timing clock

Memory

 

 1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
3

Addressing modes

 1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
4

 Instruction set and Assembly language programming
C program # 4

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
5

Branching and looping


Assessment- Test (20% marks)

Practical assignment to be handed

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
6Introduction to AVR studio    1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
7Debugging techniques
 
 1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
8

configuring and using I/O ports
 

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
9Assessment - Practical assignment (worth 40% of total mark)1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
10

Interrupts

Project specifications to be made available to the students
 

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
11 Timers     1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
12Student Project

 
 1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
13Student Project
 
1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
14
 Student Project
 
1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
15


 Student Project
 

1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
16Project Assessment (40%)1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
17&18Project Assessment
 
1.1-1.6
2.1-2.6
3.1-3.4
 
   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.

Other Resources:
ATmega 32 datasheet manual
AVR instruction set manual 

 

   


Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20

Assessment 2: Practical Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

Assessment 3: Project
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredTestPractical AssignmentProject
1.1xxx
1.2xxx
1.3xx
1.4 xxx
1.5x
1.6xxx
1.6xx
2.1xxx
2.2xxx
2.3xxx
2.4xxx
2.5xxx
2.6xxx
3.1xxx
3.2xxx
3.3xxx
3.4xxx

 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 20%

Assessment 2: Practical Assignment
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

Assessment 3: Project
Weighting towards final grade (%): 40%

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:

80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEH166A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEH166A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assessments1.11.21.31.41.51.61.62.12.22.32.42.52.63.13.23.33.4
Testxx xxxx xxxxxxxxx
Practical Assignmentxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx
Projectxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
AssessmentsEA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Test
xxxx  xx        
Practical Assignment
xxxx  xx xx
x x x  x x
Projectxx  xx  x x x xxxxx
ALL ASSESSMENTS UEENEEH166A3322112322122122
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.
   

Other Information

• Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 4 hours outside the class time.

Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

You may be eligible for credit towards courses in your program if you have already met the learning/competency outcomes through previous learning and/or industry experience. To be eligible for credit towards a course, you must demonstrate that you have already completed learning and/or gained industry experience that is:

  • Relevant
  • Current
  • Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

Please refer to http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit to find more information about credit transfer and RPL.

 

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre to find more information about Study and learning Support.

 

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

Please Refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/disability to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

 

 

Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.


Special Consideration:

Please refer http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration to find more information about special consideration.

 

Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

Please Refer: www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity to find more information about plagiarism.

 

Email Communication:

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT email address and you must regularly check your RMIT emails.

   

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