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Embedded Systems

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
Embedded Systems
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MST2.EMS
The exam administration creates a SAP-Submodule-No for every exam type in every module. The SAP-Submodule-No is equal for the same module in different study programs.
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
4VU (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written exam 120 min.

[updated 05.10.2020]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

MST2.EMS (P231-0041) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , semester 5, mandatory course
MST2.EMS (P231-0041) Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , semester 4, mandatory course
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
MST2.ELE Electronics
MST2.IN1 Computer Science for Engineers 1
MST2.IN2 Computer Science for Engineers 2

[updated 12.04.2021]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Barbara Hippauf
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Barbara Hippauf

[updated 01.10.2020]
Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to analyze simple to moderately complex requirements / tasks in embedded systems and describe the resulting sub-tasks. Based on this analysis, they will be able to create a system design, i.e. select a suitable microcontroller and develop, test and commission the necessary firmware in the C programming language. Students will be familiar with the structure and function of microcontrollers and know how to integrate them into a circuit. They will be able to implement project-specific requirements in terms of energy and cost efficiency.

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Module content:
Principles of embedded systems
Basic structure of a microcontroller (CPU, peripherals, memory)
Tools for cross-target development, debuggers
Specific aspects of software development on limited platforms, weighing up performance/memory requirements
Programming style, best practices, important algorithms and data structures, structure of the software / firmware
Hardware-related software development, at register level
Internal peripherals devices typically found in microcontrollers (UART/SPI/I2C/CAN/GPIO/Timer&Counter/EEPROM/Clock,...)
How a microcontroller is connected to its environment ("embedding")
Security aspects (safety/security)
Energy efficiency

[updated 05.10.2020]
Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture with mandatory tutorials

[updated 05.10.2020]
Recommended or required reading:
Rüdiger Asche: Embedded Controller: Grundlagen und praktische Umsetzung für industrielle Anwendungen
Bringmann, Lange, Bogdan: Eingebettete Systeme: Entwurf, Modellierung und Synthese
Wiegelmann: Softwareentwicklung in C für Mikroprozessoren und Mikrocontroller: C-Programmierung für Embedded-Systeme
Passig, Jander: Weniger schlecht programmieren

[updated 05.10.2020]
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