MECH ENG 7072 - Micro-Controller Programming
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MECH ENG 7072 Course Micro-Controller Programming Coordinating Unit School of Mechanical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible MECH ENG 3032 Assumed Knowledge ENG 1002 Restrictions Available to Masters Mechatronic and Graduate Diploma Mechatronic students only Course Description The focus of this course is on the programming and use of micro-controllers in mechatronics applications. Assuming basic knowledge of the C programming language, the material is presented in a combination of lectures, tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. The build process of microcontroller software is examined in detail thereby providing the language of understanding compiler handbooks, on-line publications and micro-controller datasheets. The new skills are then applied in a number of practical case studies covering typical mechatronics applications including servo-mechanisms, sensor interfacing, real-time issues and inter-platform communications. Emphasis will be laid on the confident use of the C programming language using a variety of programming environments. Fault finding techniques will be introduced, ranging from low-level in-circuit debugging to source-level debugging on simulators and evaluation boards. Small-group projects and case studies will be used to provide important hands-on experience with micro-controller based projects.
Course Coordinator: Mr Matthew Forbes
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Analyse the needs of mechatronic applications and design appropriate micro-controller based solutions; 2 Apply the hardware units within a modern micro-controller; 3 Create micro-controller based applications through appropriate use of software tools; 4 Interface external devices to a micro-controller;
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
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Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
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1, 3, 4
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
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1, 3, 4
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
1, 3, 4
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Lecture Notes provided
Qing Li, Caroline Yao, Real-Time Concepts for Embedded Systems, CMP Books, New York, 2003, ISBN 1-57820-124-1
Thomas Bräunl, Embedded Robotics, Mobile Robot Design and Applications with Embedded Systems, Springer, Berlin, 2003, ISBN 3-540-03436-6
Online LearningJonathan W. Valvano, Developing Embedded Software in C Using ICC11/ICC12/Metrowerks, online book, [last accessed: 10/01/2006]
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course takes a flexible approach to teaching and learning with material delivered, concepts explored and skills developed using a range of techniques. A flipped model is utilised with interactive sessions used for presentation of material, exploration of concepts and discussion of directed reading. A series of quizzes are used to establish existing knowledge and the assimilation of taught concepts.
Laboratories are centred upon project based learning with case studies used to provide hands-on experience.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Indicative workload is 13 hours per week
Activity Hours Interactive lecture sessions 12 Online activities 24 Laboratories (optional) 6 Self study 56 Directed reading 12 Assignments 45
Learning Activities SummaryIntroduction [1 week]
- Definition of embedded systems
- Application examples
- Common micro-controller tasks
- Typical hardware units within a micro-controller
- Software development cycle
- Programming languages for micro-controllers (C, C++, Java)
- Target Platform: Wytec Dragon12
- Software IDE: Keil C166, Metrowerks CodeWarrior, GNU gcc
The build process, fundamentals [1 week]
- Compiler, assembler, linker
- Compiler and linker options
- Keil C166 projects
- Source level debugging using a micro-controller simulator
- Debugging using a target monitor
- Macro definitions, configuration registers and stack frames
- Memory models and memory maps
- Memory type specifiers
- Object classes and storage class
Micro-controller interfacing [2 weeks]
- Address, data and control busses
- Serial, parallel, DMA techniques
- Interrupts and polling
- Digital I/O
- A/D converter
- Serial communications
- PWM unit
- Object classes and storage class
The build process, advanced concepts [2 weeks]
- Sections, modules, programs
- The linker
- Interpreting the assembler listing
- Interpreting the linker map file
- Near data and far data
- Library files
- Development utilities
- Objects file formats: ELF, COFF, DWARF-1/2, S-Records, Intel HEX
Interfacing to Mechatronic Devices [3 weeks]
- Intelligent instrumentation
- Signal processing
- Motion control
- Power circuitry
Embedded control applications [3 weeks]
- Servo-motor control
- Stepper motor control
- Real-time data logger (menu driven, RS-232, communications, adjustable sample rate)
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Quizzes 5 Individual Formative/Summative Weeks 1-12 2. 4. Assignment 1 Mini project 25 Individual Summative Week 5 1. 2. 3. Assignment 2 Research project 25 Individual Summative Week 9 1. Assignment 3 Mini project 25 Individual/Group Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. Class tests 20 Individual Summative Weeks 4 & 8 1. 2. 3. 4. Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment DetailAssignments 75%
Requires research and the design, implementation and test of microcontroller based systems. Submission of engineering reports and developed software.
Class tests 20%
Fully commented source code and associated assignment documentation must be submitted through myUni. Late submissions are subject to a penalty of 10% per working day. Re-submissions are not allowed except under extenuating circumstances. Assignments will normally be returned within 2 working weeks.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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