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EEE3009 : Real Time and Embedded Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alex Bystrov
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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, FSM, Petri nets, Reachability Graphs.
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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Discussion of the pre-recorded lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical92:0018:00Online RemoteLab framework, accessing lab equipment online, supported with video streaming and suppo
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00PIP Tutorials – problem solving, can be conducted online if necessary.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion19:009:00support for the practicals, using online chat tool
Guided Independent StudyProject work149:0049:00Independent learning Inc. Practical online work
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. All levels of Bloom’s taxonomy are included.

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

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1A100Individual report containing the evidence and analysis of practical results, 2000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Observ of prof pract1MMid-semester assessment of the progress, feedback
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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