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Microcontroller Systems ELEX 3305

Electrical and Computer Engineering Course

Course details

Using a simple microcontroller system as a vehicle, this course introduces the single-chip microcontroller as a fundamental component of modern control and data acquisition systems. Course topics include: memory technologies; CPU architecture; low-level programming and instruction execution; general purpose (digital) input and output; interrupts; analog to digital converters; timers; pulse-width modulation; and serial communications. A PC-based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a single board microcontroller system are used. A strong emphasis is placed on software design and debugging methods.






Course offerings

Winter 2023

Below is one offering of ELEX 3305 for the Winter 2023 term.

CRN 84465


Tue Jan 10 - Thu Apr 20 (15 weeks)

  • 15 weeks
  • CRN 84465
  • $1253.64
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 10 - Apr 20 Tue, Thu 18:30 - 21:30 Burnaby


Course outline

Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.





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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain basic microcontroller and microprocessor architecture. [1]
  • Develop simple assembly and C programs on a microcontroller. [2,4,5]
  • Explain how peripheral devices are controlled through address bus and data bus connections in microcontroller subsystems. [1]
  • Use debugging tools and techniques to correct program errors. [5]
  • Develop programs that use the digital I/O ports on a microcontroller to interface with external hardware. [2,4,5]
  • Develop programs that respond to interrupts and use low-power modes. [2,4,5]
  • Use a microcontroller analog-to-digital converter (ADC) appropriately according to the Nyquist–Shannon sampling theorem. [1,2,5]
  • Program the timer subsystem of a microcontroller to perform such tasks as pulse width modulation, event timing and programmed output. [1,2,5]
  • Use microcontroller synchronous and asynchronous serial communication interfaces including UART, SPI and IIC interfaces. [1,2]
  • Use the watchdog timer to ensure normal program operation and detect hardware faults. [1]
  • Explain various memory technologies and the process to store variable data in non-volatile flash memory. [1]

Engineering accreditation

The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) oversees the accreditation of engineering programs across Canada. To measure the effectiveness of an engineering program the CEAB has identified twelve specific attributes that the graduate is expected to possess and use as the foundation to developing and advancing an engineering career. To ensure that the overall curriculum of the Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical program covers these attributes sufficiently, the learning outcomes for each course have been mapped to applicable CEAB graduate attributes.

1. A knowledge base for engineering: Demonstrated competence in university level mathematics, natural sciences, engineering fundamentals, and specialized engineering knowledge appropriate to the program.

2. Problem analysis: An ability to use appropriate knowledge and skills to identify, formulate, analyze, and solve complex engineering problems in order to reach substantiated conclusions.

3. Investigation: An ability to conduct investigations of complex problems by methods that include appropriate experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of information in order to reach valid conclusions.

4. Design: An ability to design solutions for complex, open-ended engineering problems and to design systems, components or processes that meet specified needs with appropriate attention to health and safety risks, applicable standards, and economic, environmental, cultural and societal considerations.

5. Use of engineering tools: An ability to create, select, apply, adapt, and extend appropriate techniques, resources, and modern engineering tools to a range of engineering activities, from simple to complex, with an understanding of the associated limitations.

6. Individual and team work: An ability to work effectively as a member and leader in teams, preferably in a multi-disciplinary setting.

7. Communication skills: An ability to communicate complex engineering concepts within the profession and with society at large. Such ability includes reading, writing, speaking and listening, and the ability to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, and to give and effectively respond to clear instructions.

8. Professionalism: An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the professional engineer in society, especially the primary role of protection of the public and the public interest.

9. Impact of engineering on society and the environment: An ability to analyze social and environmental aspects of engineering activities. Such ability includes an understanding of the interactions that engineering has with the economic, social, health, safety, legal, and cultural aspects of society, the uncertainties in the prediction of such interactions; and the concepts of sustainable design and development and environmental stewardship.

10. Ethics and equity: An ability to apply professional ethics, accountability, and equity.

11. Economics and project management: An ability to appropriately incorporate economics and business practices including project, risk, and change management into the practice of engineering and to understand their limitations.

12. Life-long learning: An ability to identify and to address their own educational needs in a changing world in ways sufficient to maintain their competence and to allow them to contribute to the advancement of knowledge.

Effective as of Fall 2022

Related Programs

Microcontroller Systems (ELEX 3305) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electrical Engineering
    Bachelor of Engineering Full-time
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Automation and Instrumentation Option)
    Diploma Full-time
  3. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option)
    Diploma Full-time
  4. Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Telecommunications and Networks Option)
    Diploma Full-time

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