• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Benjamin Nizette
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course provides an introduction to the design and analysis of Embedded Systems.  Embedded Systems are at the heart of almost all modern technologies; Smart Phones to televisions, cars to intelligent light bulbs.  They are one of the most important disciplines in Electronic Engineering and require a unique set of technical and analysis skills to design effectively.  Students will learn how to critically analyse embedded design problems and present solutions that integrate effectively with the world in which they must operate.  Real-time concepts will be introduced with reference to FPGA and Microcontroller systems alongside high reliability methods.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to

  • Analyse the strengths and limitations of Microcontrollers and FPGAs for Embedded Systems
  • Construct real time constraints from problem specifications
  • Effectively integrate sensor, actuator and interface devices with Microcontrollers and FPGAs
  • Apply high reliability methods to safety-critical functions
  • Optimise the interaction of Embedded hardware designs with their software

Indicative Assessment

Labs (5%); Assignments (5%); Major Project (30%); Exam (60%)

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Two hour lecture, three hour lab each week

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended reading:

Burns and Wellings Real-Time Systems and Programming Languages (Third Edition), Addison Wesley Longmain 2001

White, E. Making Embedded Systems, O'Reilly Media 2012

Noergaard, T Embedded Systems Architecture, Elsevier 2004

Readings specific to particular topics (such as a particular microcontrollers, sensors, etc.) may be allocated during the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2734 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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