Embedded Systems - Shape The World: Microcontroller Input/Output
Learn how electronic gadgets are designed, developed, and built as embedded systems that shape the world.
This is part one of a two part sequence. Together these are hands-on, learn-by-doing courses that show you how to build solutions to real-world problems using embedded systems. In this course, we take a bottom-up approach to problem solving, building gradually from simple interfacing of switches and LEDs to complex concepts like a microcontroller-based pacemaker, digital lock, and a traffic light controller. We will present both general principles and practical tips for building circuits and programming the microcontroller in the C programming language. You will develop debugging skills using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and software instrumentation. Laboratory assignments are first performed in simulation, and then you will build and debug your system on the real microcontroller. At the conclusion of this part 1 you will possess the knowledge to build your own traffic light controller from the ground up.
This is the fourth time we have offered this course. Since the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive we do not plan major changes over the previous offerings of the course. We did however break the large class into two smaller classes. There are eight labs in part 1 and six labs in part 2. Students can pick and choose a subset of labs to achieve certification. The three labs that students found most rewarding in this part were designing the software algorithm for a demand pacemaker, interfacing switches and LEDS, and the finite state machine traffic light controller.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Computer programming course in any language with exposure to variables, arithmetic, logic, loops, and functions. High school physics course covering current, voltage, resistance, and power.
- Module 1: Welcome and introduction to course and staff
- Module 2: Fundamental concepts: numbers, computers, and the ARM Cortex M processor
- Module 3: Electronics: resistors, voltage, current and Ohm’s Law
- Module 4: Digital Logic: transistors, flip flops and logic functions
- Module 5: Introduction to C programming
- Module 6: Microcontroller Input/Output
- Module 7: Design and Development Process
- Module 8: Interfacing Switches and LEDs
- Module 9: Arrays and Functional Debugging
- Module 10: Finite State Machines
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The University of Texas at Austin, a partner institute of EdX.
8-10 hours per week
- Verified Track -$199
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Understanding of embedded systems using modular design and abstraction
- C programming: considering both function and style
- Build and test circuits with switches, LEDs, resistors, potentiometers, and liquid crystal displays
- Synchronizing hardware and software input/output with switches, lights, sound, sensors. motors, and liquid crystal displays
- Learn how to solve problems using a finite state machine
- Debug using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and software instrumentation
- Learn how to read a data sheet
- Construct traffic light controller
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