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Module

EEE3009 : Real Time and Embedded Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Bystrov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

1. Hardware/software design and modelling of embedded computing systems.
2. Experience in programming embedded products
3. Modelling of the real-time and concurrency aspects of embedded systems
4. Methods of implementation of concurrent behaviours in embedded systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Definitions, design metrics and marketing issues of embedded computing systems.
2. Real-time behaviour and concurrency modelling. Model verification.
3. Software implementation of FSM.
4. Concurrent processes and data communication between them.
5. Concurrent threads, data communication between threads, critical sections, properties.
6. Asynchronous Communication Mechanisms, properties, taxonomy, modelling, implementation.
7. Real-Time scheduling and schedulers. Optimality theorems. Design of a simple Timeline scheduler. Programming with short periodic tasks.
8. Synchronisation problem in interfacing the real-time systems to the environment.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00PIP Tutorials.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture92:0018:00Non synchronous online lectures and follow-up student activity
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion19:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyProject work149:0049:00Independent learning Inc. Practical online work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time51:005:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an application-driven discipline which combines the real-time embedded design specific knowledge with general knowledge and skills of electronics design and programming. Therefore, the module combines the theory taught in lectures with applied study carried out as computer practicals and private self-directed learning. The essential design skills, which include analysis, synthesis, implementation and individual project management are exercised in practicals. Support from a qualified demonstrator staff is an important aspect of skill transfer.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Individual report containing the evidence and analysis of practical results, 3000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The subject-specific baseline theory and the essential design skills are assessed by the written report. The report is based on individual design of experiment, implementation and analysis, which naturally differentiates the content between the students.

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