ENCE461-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Embedded Systems 2

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


An advanced course on embedded systems with an emphasis on the hardware interfacing aspects of microcontrollers. Practical issues are considered, including multilayer printed circuit board design, CMOS interfacing, signal integrity, power supply decoupling, memory considerations, and peripheral operation and programming. The course is project-based where students have to design, assemble, and program a microcontroller-based system using multilayer printed circuit boards.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • LO1: Analyse the electrical and performance characteristics of CMOS devices (WA1, WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5)

  • LO2: Apply signal integrity and electromagnetic compatibility considerations in the design of embedded systems (WA1, WA2, WA3. WA4, WA5)

  • LO3: Program and design interfaces for peripherals used with microcontroller systems (WA2, WA3,. WA4, WA5)

  • LO4: Select and configure embedded hardware peripherals from understanding of their operating principles and characteristics (WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5)

  • LO5: Design, build, program, debug and evaluate a microcontroller-based embedded system using multilayer printed circuit boards in individual and team environments (WA2, WA3, WA4, WA5, WA9,WA11, WA12)
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.




Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 C3 Lecture Theatre (22/2)
E8 Lecture Theatre (29/2-28/3, 2/5-30/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 C3 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 16:00 - 17:00 E8 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 15:00 Elec 209 CAE Lab (21/2-27/3, 24/4-29/5)
Elec 204 ESL Lab (21/2-27/3, 24/4-29/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Elec 209 CAE Lab (21/2-27/3, 24/4-29/5)
Elec 204 ESL Lab (21/2-27/3, 24/4-29/5)
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Michael Hayes


Le Yang


Fredy Youssif


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 50%
Exam 50%

Additional Course Outline Information

Mahi ā-Ākonga | Workload (expected distribution of student hours, note 15 points = 150 hours):

Contact Hours

Lectures: 36 hours
Tutorials: 0 hours
Workshops: 0 hours
Laboratories: 24 hours

Independent Study

Review of lectures: 10 hours
Test and exam preparation: 30 hours
Assignments: 50 hours
Tutorial preparation: 0 hours
Laboratory calculations: 0 hours

Total 150

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,197.00

International fee $6,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

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