Embedded Systems (H7061)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the design and implementation of embedded systems, focusing on microcontroller-based embedded systems. This includes the architectural principles of microcontrollers, the interrelationships between hardware and software and the consideration of extra functional properties such as security risks and ethics.

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.


42%: Lecture
58%: 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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: