This course teaches the theory of embedded systems design and demonstrates those concepts by applying them to different facades of Electrical and Computer Engineering. There are 5 labs which make the student conversant in using state of art software and hardware design tools to achieve the goals. Gradually with these labs the students also understand how many of the embedded devices around them work.
To be successful in these labs, the students must understand thoroughly the nature of the experiment and the targeted end market of the design. With online quizzing, students can test their knowledge about the subject before starting and later evaluate how much more they have learnt.
Students are required to work in groups of two and demonstrate critical understanding of the lab, familiarity with hardware and show clearly their designs, both hardware and software. Primarily, students will work on Altera's DE 2 FPGA board and use the development tools provided with it. If the lab requires any peripherals like video cameras, network cables etc , they will be provided and students must exhibit during demos that they understand what exactly is happening and how. Most labs are not extremely difficult, but require system design skills and ability to understand the different blocks and the connections.
Recommended Text: Marilyn Wolf: “Computers as Components 3rd edition,” Morgan Kauffman Publishers, 2012
The final grade is determined by labs (75%) and midterm exam (25%). All labs count equally.
Once a group is ready to have their project graded, they can sign up for a demo time slot. In-lab grading will be done by the instructor and the head-TA. Each student will be asked a few questions regarding the design and implementation individually. Then the team demonstrates the correct operation of their implementation. This concludes the in-lab grading. A final report is to be turned in at the graduate TA's office - Knowles 3rd floor CAD laboratory(KEB314)- by the deadline shown on the schedule.
The grade for the lab is determined by three components: Individual pre-demo quiz (30%), Demo (50%), Lab report (20%).
The grades for each component and the overall grade will be noted on the lab report.
Project demos, quizzes, and lab reports are due as posted on the course web page. Late submissions will not be accepted in general and be graded at the instructor's discretion. If you know that your project is running late, contact instructor to make individual arrangements.
Consultation with fellow students is encouraged, especially on design issues. However, directly copying another student's work (past or present) defeats the purpose of the assignments and is an honor code violation. Lab reports, programs, or test answers that are directly copied from another student will result in serious penalties including course failure and possible action by the college disciplinary committee. If in doubt, please consult a TA, the instructor, or the official UMass guidelines regarding academic honesty.