Module Catalogues

Microprocessor Systems

Module Title Microprocessor Systems
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 2.50

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of this module is to provide students, who have no previous knowledge of microprocessor systems, with a good understanding of how basic microprocessors work and their architecture. 
This includes developing a sufficient understanding of assembly language to enable them to write and analyze simple programmes.
The students learn about different data formats such as ASCII, 2's complement and floating point format and are introduced to advanced microprocessor concepts, such as pipelines and Harvard architecture.

Learning outcomes

A. Acquire a good knowledge of basic microprocessor architecture.
B. Acquire good knowledge of ARM assembly language.
C. Demonstrate understanding of standard formats for negative and floating point numbers.
D. Demonstrate appreciation of interfacing microprocessors with memory.

Method of teaching and learning

The teaching philosophy of the module follows very much the philosophy of Syntegrative Education. This has meant that the teaching delivery pattern, which follows more intensive block teaching, allows more meaningful contribution from industry partners. This philosophy is carried through also in terms of assessment, with reduction on the use of exams and increase in coursework, especially problem-based assessments that are project focused. The delivery pattern provides space in the semester for students to concentrate on completing the assessments.
This module is delivered through lectures, tutorials and programming exercises. Problems are embedded in lectures and there are a number of programming exercises that can be completed using ARM emulators that the students can download. Knowledge of the lecture material is tested by the use of the XJTLU student response system.