Module Catalogue

EEE2206 : Computer Systems and Microprocessors

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Wai Lok Woo
  • Lecturer: Prof. Kenneth Sng, Dr Kwee Lee, Dr Chew Beng Soh
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To improve and extend programming techniques at both high and low level. To introduce the concepts underlying a microprocessor system and design, test and build such a system.

Outline Of Syllabus

Section 1
Low level C: structures, functions, pointers, bit manipulation.
Motherboard architecture: CPU, memory, interrupts, DMA, I/O devices, status registers, memory mapping, virtual memory.

Section 2
Review of assembly language programming.
Low-level programming of I/O: polling, interrupts, systematic treatment of interrupts, DMA.
Structure of real-time software.

Section 3
Microprocessor architecture and basic system organisation.
The bus.
Digital interfacing: logical design, timing, causes of noise and countermeasures.
Memory subsystems.
I/O controllers.
I/O programming techniques: polling, interrupts, DMA.
Design, construction and test of a simple practical microprocessor system.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Written exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:306:00Revision for exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:00Case Studies: Programming assignments.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture123:0036:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical73:0021:00Microprocessor practical.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical123:0036:00Programming
Guided Independent StudyProject work210:0020:00Practical/Lab Report: Practical assignment.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study342:0068:00General reading; reviewing lecture notes; programming practices.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Underlying theory and its application in practice is taught in the lectures and tutorials. This is, however a predominantly practical subject and the substantial laboratory-based component reflects this. The latter requires a considerable amount of quiet reflection and preparation, time for which is allocated under independent study.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M202 x Lab report - Micro practical.
Case study1M10Case study/ problem solving exercises - Programming.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Although the underlying theory plays an important part, the course is also practical in nature and specification, design and programming skills are being assessed.

Reading Lists