UNIT TITLE: Microprocessor Principles

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UNIT TITLE:

Microprocessor Principles

CREDIT POINTS:

10

UNIT CODE: MIC 131

LEVEL:

2

DELIVERING FACULTY:

Technology

Parent Course:

BSc (Hons) Media
Technology

Subject Group:

Communications
Engineering

Date validated: May 2004

Date modified: N/A

Unit

delivery model:

PC

Max Student No.: N/A



TOTAL STUDENT WORKLOAD


Students are required to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the
unit. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in
su
pport of the unit.


Where normal timetabled sessions do not take place, additional directed learning may be
provided, and/or students are expected to undertake additional independent learning.


PREREQUISITES


None


UNIT DESCRIPTION


This unit is designed

as an introduction to microprocessor
-
based systems. Coverage includes
the types of microprocessor/micro
-
controller that are available and the additional components
required to create a full microprocessor/micro
-
controller based system. The unit will also

cover software development techniques, methods used for interfacing a microprocessor
system to the outside world, and typical applications. The unit will culminate with a
comprehensive assignment that involves designing and testing an application that u
ses an
embedded microprocessor/micro
-
controller.


LEARNING OUTCOMES


Knowledge and Understanding

1.

Explain the operation of each component part of a simple microprocessor
-
based
system.


Cognitive skills

2.

Critically evaluate the hardware and software elemen
ts used in a microprocessor
-
based systems.


Practical and Professional skills

3.

Design software for a microprocessor
-
based system.

4.

Use modern software tools, simulators and emulators


AREAS OF STUDY


Microcomputer hardware: CPU, ROM, RAM and input/output dev
ices. Comparison of
microprocessors and applications: dedicated/embedded, CISC and RISC processors.


Microcomputer software: Design, implement and test software to meet a given specification.
Utilise appropriate development tools i.e. assembler/compiler
and emulator.


Interface devices: Serial and parallel interface devices and standards.


LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY


The core principles and concepts of the unit are introduced through a series of lectures. These
concepts are further developed and appli
ed through small group sessions. Software packages
are available for students to program and emulate microprocessor/micro
-
controller based
systems. All work will be recorded in a laboratory logbook. The assignment will culminate
in the students designing
and implementing an embedded system.


ASSESSMENT

Coursework

assessments

IU1

weighting %:


50%

assessment type:

Logbook

length / duration:




IU2

weighting %:


50%

assessment type:

Design assignment, with practical demonstration

length / duration:


ASSESSM
ENT STRATEGY


To assist learning, the assessment process is designed to provide the student with timely and
regular formative feedback. The regular monitoring of logbooks will assess progress in a
series of assigned tasks and the understanding achieved fr
om the work carried out. The
design, build and test of a simple microprocessor system brings together the hardware and
software principles covered in the unit and allows them to be assessed in a practical and
integrated way. This in
-
unit element will also

assess the cognitive skills associated with
critical evaluation and problem solving.


Aggregation and Re
-
assessment Rules

Both in
-
unit elements of assessment will be aggregated to get a single coursework mark


INDICATIVE READING


Understanding Small Micro
controllers

J Sibigtroth

Motorola 1995


Computer Organisation

V Hamacher, Z Vranesic & S Zaky

McGraw Hill 1996


Computer Architecture and Communications (2nd Edition)

N Willis

Cambridge Univ. Press 1993





Unit Author:



A Wardak