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Embedded Systems (BEng Manufacturing Technology Module)


To provide the learner with a broad knowledge of embedded computer system including processors, hardware systems, operating system, single board computer, development environments and programming.

Having successfully completed this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify the main computer components and explain the functions and characteristics of each including interfaces and interconnections in accordance with relevant safety standards
  2. Analyse the specification sheets of embedded computer system, including single board computers, processor operations, peripherals and onboard resources.
  3. Understand basic computer function from first principles
  4. Demonstrate competency in a suitable programming language for embedded computing including a development environment
  5. Analyse and compare the operation of processor peripheral devices such as general input output, timers, and counters.
  6. Understand the operation of sub modules such as GPS, accelerometers and GSM including the modes of communications used to interconnect them


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for participants wishing to take this module as a single subject, however these are not introductory level modules and some familiarity with the area as well as a level of independent study would be expected for exam success. Participants taking this module as part of the Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Technology must meet the entry requirements outlined on the relevant course pages.



PC SYSTEMS: Critical components, computer usage, workloads, chokepoints, environmental aspects.

OPERATING SYSTEMS: Processor support, kernels, upgrades, Open source operating systems. PROCESSORS: Specifications, speed ratings, internal configuration.

SYSTEM BOARDS: Raspberry pi, or other suitable single board computer operations and configuration.

PROGRAMMING: A suitable programming language such as C, PHP or Python including data structures and variables.



Each taught module has a programme of continuous assessment worth 50% and a final exam worth 50%. It is necessary to pass both elements to achieve an award in the module.



Students not registered on the Degree will receive an LIT Subject Certificate (Level 7, 5 Credits) on successful completion of the module. Students registered for the Degree will receive ECTS credits for each group of modules successfully completed. Accumulation of 60 credits will lead to the Degree Award.

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