Embedded Computer Systems - EENG6670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Philippos Assimakopoulos checkmark-circle


This module introduces the theory and practice of employing computers as the control and organisational centre of an electronic or mechanical system, and examines time critical systems. It also provides embedded systems design through practical work, including real-time operating systems and microcomputer programming.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours: 125
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Examination 65%
Coursework 35%

Indicative reading

Core Text
• Shaw, AC (2001) Real-time systems and software, John Wiley, New York, Chichester
• Simon, DE (1999) n embedded software primer, Addison Wesley, Boston, London
• Qiu, Meikang, Li, Jiayin (c2011) Real-time embedded systems: optimization, synthesis, and networking, CRC, Taylor & Francis [distributor], Boca Raton, Fla, London

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the design and operation of embedded systems;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of real time software and hardware system requirements;
3. Demonstrate practical experience of embedded systems based on case studies and laboratory experiments.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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