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Embedded Systems Design & Implementation - COM00003H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steven Xiaotian Dai
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The aim of this module is to understand the need for embedded computer systems, and the engineering process to design, implement and validate them.

Module learning outcomes

  • Articulate the need for embedded computer systems, and the requirements imposed on them by their application scenario.
  • Be able to apply an engineering process to design, implement and validate embedded systems.
  • Demonstrate the different levels of abstraction that are used throughout the design process, and be able to decide the most appropriate abstractions at each step.
  • Explore hardware/software implementation trade-offs, and a number of partitioning, mapping and evaluation techniques that can be used to analyse that trade-off for a particular application scenario.
  • Program computing platforms that have limited performance, energy, memory and storage capacity.
  • Design and evaluate custom hardware architectures.
  • Understand the process to improve and assure timing properties, including priority assignment, scheduling of real-time tasks and schedulability analysis.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay : Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Feedback is given to each student on each of the two assessments, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the proposed design. Additional feedback is also given during practical sessions, which are also based on design problems.

Indicative reading

P. Marwedel, Embedded System Design, Springer, 2011

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