IELEG1041 - Microcontrollers and Data Communication


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam (Microcontrollers) 50/100 3 hours D
School exam (Datacommunication) 50/100 3 hours D

Course content


  • Programming of microcontrollers in the language of C and Assembly.
  • Hardware architecture
  • Parallell/serial in/out circuits
  • Interrupt and timer/counters
  • Analog to Digital Converter (ADC)
  • Serial communications
  • Power management / Low Power Design (Sustainability)
  • Development equipment
  • Data sheets

Data Communication

  • Concepts, principles, and standards with emphasis on modern Internet technologies.
  • Protocols and layered model for communication
  • HTTP and selected applications
  • Transport layer: TCP, UDP
  • Network layer: IP, routing, IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
  • Link layer: MAC, ARP, switching
  • Physical layer: signals, encoding, modulation

Learning outcome


Knowledge. The candidate shall have:

  • basic knowledge about microcontroller architecture.
  • understanding of functioning and technical principles of a modern microcontroller.
  • understanding of low-level code (assembly) and how operation codes are stored in program memory.
  • knowledge in programming of a microcontroller in C language.

Skills. The candidate can:

  • write programs for a microcontroller in C.
  • use development equipment for microcontrollers.

General competence. The candidate shall:

  • have developed an understanding of the connection between hardware and software.
  • understand the connection between low-level and high-level programming.


Knowledge. The candidate should be able to:

  • explain layered model for computer networks.
  • explain the main principles of how network communication works and influences networked computing.
  • explain a protocol and be able to view it in a general communication context.
  • know a range of communication standards for data transmission.

Skills. The candidate should be able to:

  • apply the most important computer network standards.
  • analyze packet content in network traffic.

General competence. The candidate should be able to:

  • evaluate, specify or select a communication solution for a system.
  • explain simple problems and technical solutions.
  • reflect on ethical questions and sustainability questions related to the topics.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises with guidance. Project.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory exercises

Further on evaluation

Mandatory exercises must be approved to get access to examination.

Course includes mandatory project work in groups that will go into depth in a selected area.

The final grade (A-F) is based on two parts, both of which must be approved:

  1. Written individual digital exam in Microcontrollers, weight: 50%.
  2. Written individual digital exam in Data Communication, weight: 50%.

In case of repeated examination after passing the course, the whole course must be repeated.

In case of failed grade in the course (grade F), individual parts which were not approved can be repeated the following year without retaking the whole course.

Re-sit exam is in August. For the re-sit exam the form of the exam might be changed to oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Electrical Engineering (BIELEKTRO)

Course materials

  • Course material to be announced at the beginning of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ELE2131 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
IELET2111 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
IELEG2111 5.0 AUTUMN 2023
IELEG2001 2.5 AUTUMN 2023
IELEA2001 2.5 AUTUMN 2023
IELET2001 2.5 AUTUMN 2023
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Electronics
  • Information Technology and Informatics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam (Microcontrollers) 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam (Datacommunication) 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam (Microcontrollers) 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam (Datacommunication) 50/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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