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Basics of Embedded Systems

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IITB9002
Curriculum: IT 2023
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2023-2024)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Ahvonen, Jani
Language of Instruction: English

Courses During the Academic Year 2023-2024

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3005IT2023-1, IT2023-1A, IT2023-1B2024-01-08 – 2024-04-30Jani Ahvonen, Mikael JakasEnglish2023-12-01 – 2024-01-12

Learning Outcomes

After the course, the student can tell about the main parts and structure of emebedded systems and microcontrollers. Student can distinguish the main program structures and is able to design, build, program and test small embedded systems. The course will give ability to understand the desing of embedded systems from the device’s as well as from the software’s point of view. After the course, the student understands the basics of design and programming of embedded systems, and student knows how to implement peripheral devices to a part of a given embedded system.

Student's Workload

135 h, which contains 50 h of scheduled contact studies.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Safety at Work and Electrical Safety at Work, Introduction to Programming, Electronics, Digital Electronics, understanding of DC and AC circuits.


The concept of embedded systems. What one can do with embedded systems, how to build a simple embedded system with a small microcontroller. Basics of microprocessor technology. Basics of the specification of embedded systems, principles of design, prototyping and programming of the systems. Electronics of peripheral devices and principles of buses. How to connect a bus to a microcontroller. Programming and programming structures (polling, timing and interrupts). How to connect devices to the internet. The importance of embedded systems to energy-technology-related business.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Brian W. Evans: Arduino Programmin Notebook: 2007, material given by the teacher or S. Monk: Raspberry Pi Cookbook. O’Reilly Media, 2013. Material given by the teacher from book: J. Edward Carryer, R. Matthew Ohline & Thomas W. Kenny: Introduction to Mechatronic Design, Pearson, New Jersey, 2011.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, assignments and laboratory exercises.

Assessment Criteria

Grade 5: The student can combine methods discussed on the course in different contexts.
Grade 3: The student can independently utilize the methods disucssed on the course.
Grade 1: With guidance, the student can utilize the methods discussed on the course.

Assessment Methods

Homework exercises, assignments, laboratory exercises and an examination.