In order to support laboratory experiments to be performed in other modules a short series of lectures on report writing and experimental error analysis is included.
A series of lectures will introduce a microcontroller and its programming language in an informal way. The aim is to enable the student to input and output signals to a microcontroller to control simple actuators. The programming skills will be developed in a series of non-assessed and assessed laboratory based assignments where students will be presented with a pre-written programme and they will be asked to make changes to achieve a change in its operation.
Also included in this module is an assigned mini project that can either be electronic or mechanical in nature depending on the preference of the student. Students are expected to build, test and report on the operation of the project and make suggestions for its improvement.
A short series of lectures which introduce students to University study.
Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150
Autumn and Spring
Method of assessment
1 x Error Analysis Assignment (15%)
2 x Programming Assignments (20% each)
Construction Exercise (15%)
Mini Project 30%
Monk S. (2012) Programming Arduino Getting started with Sketches, London: McGraw Hill
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Programme a microcontroller to perform simple engineering tasks.
2. Construct, test and report on an electronic or mechanical project.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Analyse, present and interpret data.
2. Communicate more effectively using calculations, graphical methods, and writing.
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Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a degree.
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