Embedded Computer Systems - EL667

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 6 15 (7.5) DR P 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 issues related to time critical systems. It also provides exposure to practical embedded systems design through practical work, with one assignment exploring the ideas of real-time operating systems introduced in the lectures and a second using a microcomputer programmed in 'C' to control the ignition timing of a simulated petrol engine.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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


Autumn or Spring

Method of assessment

• Microcomputer Architecture Assignment (17.5%), 6 A4 pages
• Embedded Software Assignment (17.5%), 6 A4 pages
• Exam 2 hours (65%)

Indicative reading

See http://readinglists.kent.ac.uk

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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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