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Data Communication

Module name (EN): Data Communication
Degree programme: Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.04.2016
Module code: FT24.2
SAP-Submodule-No.: P242-0013, P242-0014
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 5V (5 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 6
Semester: 5
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
FT24.2 (P242-0013, P242-0014) Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2015, semester 5, mandatory course
FT24.2 (P242-0013, P242-0014) Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.04.2016, semester 5, mandatory course
FT24.2 (P242-0013, P242-0014) Automotive Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019, semester 5, mandatory course
75 class hours (= 56.25 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 180 hours (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 123.75 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
FT08 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering and Vehicle Electrical and Electronic Systems

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
FT30 Engineering Project in English
FT32 Bachelor Thesis

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Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Groh
Prof. Dr. Hans-Werner Groh

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- describe the basics of serial data communication forms in vehicles.
- evaluate bus systems with regard to their characteristics and the requirements of their use.
- understand the different data communication problems in a vehicle in comparison to data communication between vehicles or between a vehicle and its environment and derive criteria for the development of future communication systems.

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Module content:
- Motivation for the use of serial bus systems
- Overview of the most important serial bus systems in cars
- Basics of serial communication, e.g. addressing, framing, data backup, bus access and synchronization
- Design of electronic control units, typical electronic architectures, network topologies and components, data communication reference model
- Structure and use of CAN technology, basic principles of the CAN protocol and how a CAN network works
- Structure and use of LIN technology, basic principles of the LIN protocol and how a LIN network works
- Structure and use of MOST technology, basic principles of the MOST protocol
- Vehicle diagnostic systems, on-board diagnosis (OBD), fault memory analysis
- Radio interfaces (Bluetooth)
- Communication between vehicles
- Communication between a vehicle and its environment
- Preparing the practical application of the acquired knowledge in subsequent laboratory courses (6th semester)

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture notes and lab experiment

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Recommended or required reading:
- Zimmermann, W., Schmidgall, R.: Bussysteme in der Fahrzeugtechnik, 4., akt. und erw. Aufl., 2011, Vieweg-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8348-0907-0
- Lawrenz, W.: CAN Controller Area Network, Hüthig Verlag, 4., überarbeitete Auflage, Heidelberg, 2000, ISBN 3-7785-2780-0

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