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Embedded Systems Design
Contact Information Course Description Course Goals and Objectives Course Outline Calendar
Course Materials Grading Attendance and Participation Assignments Honesty

Contact Information

Professor Richard J. Povinelli, Ph.D.
Phone 414.288.7088
Office Hours Haggerty Hall 221
Lab Hours See calendar
Teaching Assistants Sanzad Siddique

Course Description and Prerequisites

This course introduces students to embedded systems, the types of hardware that can support such systems, and the interfacing used in embedded systems. The course is a combined laboratory and lecture course, which directly applies the embedded systems techniques using various target device.

Prerequisites: COEN 4710 (Computer Hardware), COEN 4820 (Operating Systems and Networking), EECE 3015 (Digital Electronics Laboratory).

Course Goals

To enable students to design and implement an embedded system through the use of an interative development environment (IDE) and embedded computer technology.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you should...

Course Outline

What When
Grand Challenge wk 1
Vex Communication wk 2-4
GPS wk 5-6
Android wk 7-8
WiFi wk 9
Dev Phones wk 10-11
Control wk 12
Other topics wk 13-15

Course Materials


What Number Value per Total
Assignments     50
Projects 3 200, 200, 250 650
Exams 2 150 300
Total     1000

NOTE: All dates and numbers are subject to change as deemed necessary!

Grade Scale

93+ A
90-93 A-
87-90 B+
83-87 B
80-83 B-
77-80 C+
73-77 C
70-73 C-
67-70 D+
60-67 D
0-60 F

The grading scale is the most stringent one you will be held to, i.e. I can give you a higher letter grade than shown on the scale, but never a lower one. If you have missing assignments, you are inelligible to receive a higher grade.

Late Assignments

I will deduct 5% for assignments up to one day late, 10% for two days late, and 15% for up to three days late, and so on up to a maximum of 50% off. Assignments are due at the beginning of class. They are late after that. Assignments are not accepted after solutions have been distributed, nor after the last day of class. In class assignments are only accepted during the class period they are assigned.

Attendance and Participation

I have always enjoyed teaching classes where the students actively participate - a conversation is more fun than a monologue! Although there is no specific credit assigned for attending, it is still expected. There may be in class graded assignments. These may be turned in only during the class period they are given.


You should expect to spend, on average, from six (6) to nine (9) hours per week on preparation for this class. This time is in addition to the three (3-4.5) hours of lecture/lab you are expected to attend every week.

All written portions of assignments must be created using a word processor. No part of the writeup may be hand drawn. The assignments are to be well written with proper spelling and grammar. Points will be deducted for poorly written assignments. Written portions of assignments must be turned in as MS Word documents (.docx format). Code and other portions must be submitted in the proper electronic format. I will deducted 5% from incorrectly formatted assignments.

All assignments must be turned in via D2L. Assignments are due according to the the time specified in the D2L calendar.

Design Project

The course has one grand challege project that is divided into three phases.


There will be two exams for this course. One will be a midterm and the other a final.

Academic Integrity