Module Specification

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title EMBEDDED COMPUTER SYSTEMS
Code ELEC370
Coordinator Dr S Khursheed
Electrical Engineering and Electronics
S.Khursheed@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To obtain an understanding of the construction and operation of embedded computer systems and their components.

Furthermore to gain an understanding of how computer performance is dependent upon the design of computer architectures and sub-circuits.


Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):

ELEC211 DIGITAL ELECTRONICS & MICROPROCESSOR SYSTEMS 

Co-requisite modules:

 

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An understanding of the internal operation of a CPU

(LO2) Knowledge of some methods used to increase CPU performance

(S1) On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills: Independent learning Problem solving and design skills.

(S2) After successful completion of the module: students should be able to determine how any computer system functions from published data and be able to apply this to developing simple processor systems from large scale modules.

(S3) On successful completion of the module: the student should be able to understand published data concerning use of typical computer system components.

(S4) After successful completion of the module, the student should have: An understanding of the internal operation of a CPU Knowledge of some methods used to increase CPU performance, an understanding of the difference between RISC and CISC type systems and knowledge of memory systems.


Syllabus

 

- Characteristics of Embedded Systems. Low power, design reuse, open standards, IP 2 Computer Architecture von Neumann structure, standard CPU architecture, characteristics and comparison of CISC and RISC systems

- ALU architecture requirements of the ALU, number representation and ALU sub-circuits.

- Memory cache performance measures, direct mapped, associative cache design, write strategies.

- Thumb instruction set characteristics, performance benefits.

- Low power digital circuit design voltage scaling, clock gating, power gating.

- Bus architectures tri-state bus, AMBA, bus decoders, bus arbiters, APB, AHB, etc.

- Memory management MPU, MMU, virtual addresses, page tables, PTW and translation look-aside buffer extension to multiple OS systems.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Due to Covid-19, one or more of the following delivery methods will be implemented based on the current local conditions and the situation of registered students. It is anticipated that both a) & b) will be in operation for semester 1.
(a) Hybrid delivery, with social distancing on Campus
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - Synchronous face to face tutorials
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight

(b) Fully online delivery and assessment
Teaching Method 1 - On-line asynchronous lectures
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: No
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - On-line synchronous tutorials
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight

(c) Standard on-campus delivery with minimal social distancing
Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures to explain the material
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per week

Teaching Method 2 - Tutorial
Description: Tutorials on the Assignments and Problem Sheets
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: On average one per fortnight


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 48

        6

54
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 96
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

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Assessment 1 Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1 examination period  3 hours    75       
Class Test  1 hour    25       
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Reading List

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