TTK4155 - Embedded and Industrial Computer Systems Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

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

Knowledge: - 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. Skills: - 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 a distributed embedded computer system is designed and implemented.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab project

Further on evaluation

Assessment is based on a mandatory laboratory project and a final written exam. The laboratory project must be completed and approved for admission to the written exam. The course is graded with a letter grade (A-F) based on the written exam. Exams will only be given in English, but students are free to provide answers in Norwegian or English. If there is a re-sit exam, it may change from written to oral form. 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.

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 2024

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: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C 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.

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