Module Catalogue 2019/20

EEE3009 : Real Time and Embedded Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Bystrov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



1. To study hardware/software design and modelling of embedded computing systems.
2. To gain experience in programming embedded products
3. To study performance and marketing issues in embedded products

Outline Of Syllabus

1.Definitions,design metrics and marketing issues of embedded computing systems.
2.Real-time behaviour and concurrency modelling.Model verification.
3.Interfaces and hardware components of embedded systems.
4.Software design,networking and operating systems for embedded products.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

1. Knowledge of hardware interfacing in micro-controller design
2. Understanding of principles and modelling techniques of real-time systems.
3. Understanding of software design methodology for embedded systems.
4. Understanding of design metrics and marketing strategies for embedded products.

Intended Skill Outcomes

1. Experience in constructing models,verification and correction of real-time systems.
2. Software development for real-time systems comprising several micro-controllers and high level interfaces (wireless or wired networking).

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Information Literacy
      • Synthesise And Present Materials : Present
      • Use Of Computer Applications : Present
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Present
    • Budgeting : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Oral : Present
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Assessed
      • Relationship Building : Assessed
      • Leadership : Assessed
      • Negotiation : Assessed
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Financial Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:307:30Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0012:00Reading sources supporting lecture material.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00Supervised coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0031:00Solving recommended worked problems; preparation for coursework sessions.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The fundamentals of real-time embedded systems are studied in the lectures.The guidance for further reading is provided.

The knowledge is exercised in two practical mini-projects.The first is on modelling and verification of a real-time system (a production cell),The second is on software design for a concurrent real-time system (a simple game implemented in two wirelessly communicating Pocket Pc's).

Conducting the mini-projects in small groups during the supervised practicals facilitates efficient skill/knowledge transfer from the lecturer/demonstrators to the students.Small group discussions support creative thinking.The feedback is continuously provided,thus helping to organise private study.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M402000 words excluding illustrations and appendices. Source code must be attached.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The subject-specific baseline theory is assessed in the exam, which also includes worked problems for assessment of the problem-solving skills.

The essential design skills developed in the coursework component (including problem analysis, planning the experiment, software implementation and discussion of the experimental results) are assessed in the written report.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the final assessment earlier.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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