Embedded Systems and Sensors (873H1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module aims to introduce students to the design, implementation of embedded systems, focusing microcontroller based embedded systems. This includes the architectural principles of microcontrollers and the interrelationships between hardware and software.

Module topics include:

  • digital I/O
  • sensors and discretisation
  • analog to Digital Converter
  • timers/Counters
  • interrupts
  • pulse Width Modulation
  • feedback control
  • finite-state machines
  • embedded processors
  • memory architectures
  • serial Communications.

AHEP4 Learning outcomes: C1, C2, C6, C12, M1, M2, M6, M12


42%: Lecture
58%: Practical (Laboratory, Project)


100%: Coursework (Practical assessment, Report, Test)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 50 hours of contact time and about 100 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.