TTK4155 - Embedded and Industrial Computer Systems Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 50/100
Written examination 50/100 4 hours D

Course content

Design of embedded computer systems. Computer architectures and system components for embedded and industrial applications. Microcontrollers and specialized microprocessors. Parallel and serial bus systems. Datacommunication in industrial environments. Analog/digital interfaces.

Learning outcome

- Understand the essential requirements for computers and computer equipment that are intended to operate in dedicated applications and industrial environments (hereinafter referred to as embedded systems - ES).
- Understand the purpose of customizing of computers to the application's scale and complexity.
- Detailed knowledge of the most important components included in a typical ES:
- microcontrollers with typical peripherals
- memory types and architectures
- specialized I/O systems
- methods for interconnecting hardware components at different levels, including robust solutions for data communication in industrial environments
- power supplies and other supporting systems including packaging
- Overview with respect to principles of low level computer programming and driver development.
- Detailed knowledge of the different phases and the tools involved in the realization of ES.

- Assess current application areas of ES independently and make concise requirements specifications in cooperation with the problem owner.
- Contribute to sound design choices and component specifications with respect to adaptation of the computer hardware to application requirements.
- Design, debug and document simple ES independently in conjunction with smaller projects, and actively contribute to the realization of large projects.
- Specify, develop and document low-level computer programs and drivers for ES in C.
- Master essential development tool for ES development, eg. multimeter, oscillocope, logic and code programmers, integrated development environments, cross-compilers, linkers, emulators and debugging tools.

General competence:
- Understand the role of ES plays in modern society.
- Be able to explain the difference between traditional computers and computers that are designed for industrial and dedicated applications.
- Be able to explain ES fundamental structure and function at different levels for both non-technical and technically qualified personnel.
- Communicating technical issues with both specialists and general public.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and a mandatory laboratory project carried out in groups where an embedded computer system is designed and implemented.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio evaluation is the basis for the final grade in the subject. The portfolio consists of a final written exam and a laboratory project, each counting 50% of the final grade. Evaluation of the term project takes place in the last week of the teaching semester and is based on a oral presentation and practical demonstration of the laboratory project. The result for each part is given in percentage units, while evaluation of the entire portfolio (the final grade) is given as a letter grade. To pass the course, all parts of the exam must be evaluated and given a passed grade level.
Exam will only be given in English. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may change from written to oral.
In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

Textbook and/or lecture notes will be announced at start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE3060 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
Lab hours: 8
No.of specialization hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electronics
  • Applied Electrical Engineering
  • Computers
  • Computer Systems
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Engineering Cybernetics



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 50/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 50/100 D
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.

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