Embedded Systems (H7061)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the modelling, design and analysis of contemporary and future embedded systems (integrations of computation and communication with physical processes).

You'll cover the following topics:

  • actuators and sampling
  • analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converter
  • assembly language and pseudocode
  • communication interfaces
  • concurrent composition of state machines and hierarchical modelling
  • embedded processors
  • equivalence and refinement
  • event/time driven programming
  • feedback control
  • finite-state machines
  • I/O hardware
  • interrupts and exceptions
  • linear temporal logic
  • memory architectures
  • multitasking and scheduling
  • pulse width modulation
  • reachability analysis and model checking
  • sensors and discretisation
    timed automata and supervisory control
  • timer/counter.



39%: Lecture
61%: Practical (Laboratory, Project)


25%: Coursework (Practical assessment, Project, Test)
75%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 53 hours of contact time and about 97 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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: