Course Title: Develop software solutions for microcontroller based systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2019

Course Code: EEET7050C

Course Title: Develop software solutions for microcontroller based systems

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

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:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Sukhvir Singh Judge

Telephone: +61 3 99254470


Nominal Hours: 60

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 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:

UEENEEH115A Develop software solutions for microcontroller based systems


1. 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.


2. 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.


3. 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

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Practical laboratory tests
• Reports
• Guest speakers
• Site visit(s)

This course is delivered in a cluster (Microprocessor Applications 1) in conjunction with UEENEEH148A (EEET7058C). You must enrol in both courses delivered in this cluster. All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of both competencies UEENEEH115A and URRNEEH148A.


Elements and Performance Criteria for UEENEEH148A (EEET 7058C)

 1. Prepare to design and develop advanced digital systems.

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 digital system development is determined from the design brief or in consultations 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 digital 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.

2. Design and develop advanced digital systems.
2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 Knowledge of digital 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.
2.7 Digital system design is documented for submission to appropriate person(s) for approval.
2.8 Solutions to unplanned situation are provided consistent with organisation policy. 

3. Obtain approval for the design.
3.1 The design is presented and explained to client representative and/or other relevant person(s).
3.2 Requests for modifications to the design 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 organizational or professional standards.


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 UEENEEH115A and  UEENEEH148A in the Assessment Matrix.

Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule for both clustered competencies UEENEEH115A and UEENEEH148A is detailed below:


WeekTopics DeliveredElements/Performance criteria
1Introduction to course, course guide, assessment, topics breakdown, resources, OHS procedures etc
Combinational logic Analysis
UEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4, 2.5, 2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1, 3.2,3.3,3.4
2Combinational logic Analysis
Combinational logic design
Oscillators for digital circuits
UEENEEH148A:3.1,3.2,,3.4, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4, 2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
3Sequential logic analysisUEENEEH148A:3.1,3.2,3.3,3. 4,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8
4Sequential logic design
Students will be able to start working on their state machine design assignment (Practical Assignment- Part1 No. 1) after this week
UEENEEH148A:2.1,2.2,2.3, 2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1, 3.2,3.3,3.4
5Introduction to student project, specifications, design brief, time lines, test procedures, test equipment,
Selection of devices/components, testing tools and design documentation
Students will be able to start working on their project (Assessment no.2) after this week
UEENEEH148A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4, 2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
6Introduction to student project, specifications, design brief, time lines, test procedures, test equipment,
Selection of devices/components, testing tools and design documentation.
UEENEEH148A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4, 2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
UEENEEH115A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4, 1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5
7Integrating combinational and sequential logic designs to design and develop a real life application, Introduction to prototypingUEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7, 2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
8 Assessment 1 - Students to show the working model of their design problem (State machine design assignment)
Assessment1: Practical Assignment -Part 2 due - 15%  
UEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
9Programming tools and techniquesUEENEEH115A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5
10SPI programmingUEENEEH115A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3
11 Input/output port programming, testing and debugging techniquesUEENEEH115A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3
12Timers, A/D subsystemsTimers, A/D subsystems UEENEEH115A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3
13Peripheral and hardware interfacing: Keypad. Display, power circuits etcUEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
14Student ProjectUEENEEH115A:2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3

Student project

UEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4 UEENEEH115A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,3.1,3.2,3.3
16Student project
Assessment 2: Submission of Project - 40%
UEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
17-1817-18 Assessment 3: Closed book test - 40%UEENEEH148A:1.1,1.2,1.3,1.4,1.5,1.6, 2.1,2.2,2.3,2.4,2.5,2.6,2.7,2.8,3.1,3.2,3.3,3.4
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 minimum 12 hours outside the class time.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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: Practical Assignment – Part 1
Assessment 2: Practical Assignment – Part 2
Assessment 3: Project
Assessment 4: Test

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

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredPractical AssignmentProjectTest
Parts 1 & 2
2.1 xx
2.2 xx
2.3 xx
2.4 xx
2.5 xx
3.1 xx
3.2 xx
3.3 xx


Assessment Tasks

 Assessment tasks

  • Practical Assignment- Part 1, Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%) 5% -Week 5
  • Practical Assignment-Part 2, Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%)15% - Week 8
  • Project, Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%) 40% - Week 16
  • Test, Once deemed competent weighting towards final grade (%) 40% - Week 17

To be deemed competent, student must achieve satisfactory (S) results in all four (4) assessments.  This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following grades are allocated:


CHD - Competent with High Distinction

CDI - Competent with Distinction

CC - Competent with Credit

CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded

NYC - Not Yet Competent

DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEH115A Elements & Performance Criteria

UEENEEH115A Elements & Performance Criteria
Practical Assignmentxxxxxx        


Assessment vs UEENEEH148A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEH141A Elements & Performance Criteria
Practical Assignment xxxxxxxxxxxxxx    


Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

  Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments EA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Practical Assignment X X XX XXXXXXXXX
Test XX     X  XXXXX
ALL ASSESSMENTS UEENEEH115A2 2 3 0 3 1 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 2 11
ALL ASSESSMENGS UEENEEH148A  3 3 3 0 3 1 3 3 3 1 1 3 3 2 1 0
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

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

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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 lodgment 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. 

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