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Basics of Embedded Systems

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: ITTP1002
Curriculum: TT 2020V
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 2 (2021-2022)
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Ahvonen, Jani
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2021-2022

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3002TT2021-1A, TT2021-1B, TT2021-1C, TT2021-1D, VY-2-ICAT2022-01-03 – 2022-05-01Harri Lehtinen, Jani AhvonenFinnish2021-12-01 – 2022-01-10
3003TT2020V-2A2021-08-01 – 2021-12-19Jani AhvonenFinnish2021-08-01 – 2021-09-06

Still need to take the course? See the courses during the academic year 2023-2024.

Learning Outcomes

After the course, the student can tell about the main parts and structure of emebedded systems and microcontrollers. She 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 she knows how to implement peripheral devices to a part of a given embedded system.

Student's Workload

135 h, which contains 70 h of scheduled contact studies at VAMK and 50 h at UVA.


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 and additional material from the teacher or S. Monk: Raspberry Pi Cookbook. O’Reilly Media, 2013. Teacher-indicated learning material, based on the 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.