Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Microprocessors and Embedded Systems

IMP Acad. year 2017/2018 Winter semester 6 credits

Embedded systems, introduction, applications. Microcontroller architecture. Memory subsystem. Programmers model, programming of the ARM core. Stack. Interrupt subsystem and its programming. On chip peripheral devices and their programming: system clock generator, timer, communication interface UART, IIC and SPI, analogue and digital input and output, RTC module. Programming techniques for embedded systems in C language.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

39 hrs lectures, 6 hrs exercises, 8 hrs laboratories, 12 hrs projects

Assessment points

51 exam, 19 half-term test, 16 labs, 14 projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

  • Students are familiar with general structure of microcontrollers and with the techniques of embedded systems design.
  • Students are capable to design and debug the routines and initialization routine for each peripheral device. They are skilled in utilizing of basic debugging techniques for the application programs written in C language.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

Understanding of design specificity of embedded systems using microcontrollers and techniques of application debugging.

Learning objectives

To give the students the knowledge of architecture of different microcontrollers. To acquaint with performance of individual subsystems namely CPU- programming model, flash memory, timer, interrupt subsystem, communication interface, AD converter. Make students familiar with basic rules and programming techniques in a  high-level language C as well as with embedded system design.


Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

To be familiar with the structure of CPU  and other computer components, basics of electronics and machine-level programming. The basic knowledge of programming in C language.

Study literature

Fundamental literature

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction into Embedded systems.
  2. ARM Core for microcontrollers.
  3. Memory subsystem and interrupts.
  4. Programming in C.
  5. Communication intefraces.
  6. FITkit programming.
  7. Digital inputs and outputs, ports.
  8. Timers, counters.
  9. Analogue input and output.
  10. System clock and clock generation.
  11. Power supply and power consmption of embedded systems.
  12. Practical aspects of embedded systems design.
  13. Real time system.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Compulsory individual or team twelve-hour project.

Progress assessment

  • laboratory assignments with the defense
  • mid-term written examination

Controlled instruction

Within this course, attendance on the lectures and group practice are not monitored. Laboratory practice and project are monitored.

Exam prerequisites

Project designing with obligatory storing  into IS and getting at least 5 points for the project.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 3rd year of study, Compulsory
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