Syllabus for ME/EE 477 and MME577 —
Embedded Computing in Electromechanical Systems
This course is an introduction to microprocessor-based measurement and control of electrical, mechanical, and electro-mechanical systems. Topics include microprocessor architecture, computer memory, C programming, hardware and software interfaces, and communications. Emphasis is placed on hardware and software interface design for real-time measurement, control, and user interface.
- Rico AR Picone, PhD
- Office Hours
- MWF 9:20–11 CH 103C
- Office location
- CH 103C
- Classroom location
- 477/577 Website
- 477/577 Moodle
Any introduction to the C programming language. For example, Kernighan, B. W. and Ritchie, D. M., The C Programming Language. Prentice Hall, 2nd Ed. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 1988.
Partial notes will be posted here.
The following schedule is tentative.
|introduction||myRIO user guide and specifications|
|introduction, number systems, arithmetic, boolean algebra, combinational logic, memory, memory organization, memory types||myRIO user guide and specifications||Laboratory #0|
|NI myRIO-1900 introduction, Xilinx Zynq-7010 and ARM Cortex-A9 Architecture||ARM architecture, reference manual||Laboratory #1|
|C programming, variables, expressions, control, CDT, debugging||C programming language text|
|LCD and keypad hardware, data i/o interrupts, serial and parallel interfaces, low-level drivers||myRIO Shipping Personality Reference: DIO, myRIO User Guide: UART||Laboratory #2|
|instruction timing, parallel i/o, pulse modulation techniques||Cortex-A9 Technical Reference Manual Appendix B||Laboratory #3|
|interrupt driven i/o, internal and external sources, POSIX threads||myRIO Shipping Personality Reference: IRQ Digital Input Interrupt|
|programmable clocks and timing, D/A and A/D conversion, digital signal theory||myRIO Shipping Personality Reference: Timer Interrupt||Laboratory #4|
|serial i/o, synchronous and asynchronous||Laboratory #5|
|interface devices, TTL circuits, high-power switches, stepping motors|
|other processors, bus structures||Laboratory #6|
|commercial hardware||Laboratory #7|
|encoders and other sensors||Laboratory #8|
Laboratory procedures will be posted here throughout the semester.
Class resources will be posted here throughout the semester.
Everyone is required to join the messaging service called “Slack.” We’ll use it to communicate with each other during the semester. The Slack team you need to join is called ME477-2017S. You should have an invitation link in your email.
Graduate student responsibilities
Graduate students have two additional responsibilities: (1) perform a literature search as part of the introduction to each laboratory report in which at least three academic sources are cited and (2) lead the project.
A laboratory report will be due the day before the next laboratory exercise. These laboratories will be submitted via Moodle and must be formatted with the LaTeX template provided here.
Laboratory procedures should be performed in groups, and these groups should submit a single report. The report must be the product of every member of the group, and there will be a section of the report that describes each team member's contribution.
Total grades in the course may be curved, but individual laboratory reports will not be. They will be turned in via moodle throughout the semester.
- Laboratory reports
Academic integrity policy
Cheating or plagiarism of any kind is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade (“F”) in the course. I take this very seriously. Engineering is an academic and professional discipline that requires integrity. I expect students to consider their integrity of conduct to be their highest consideration with regard to the course material.
Correlation of course & program outcomes
In keeping with the standards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, each course is evaluated in terms of its desired outcomes and how these support the desired program outcomes. The following sections document the evaluation of this course.
Desired course outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the following course outcomes are desired:
- students will have a clear and thorough understanding of concepts, principles, and methods of embedded computing;
- students will have designed their own embedded systems; and
- students will be prepared to design their own embedded systems.
Desired program outcomes
The desired program outcomes are that mechanical engineering graduates have:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
- an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs;
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
- an ability to communicate effectively;
- the broad education necessary to understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and social context;
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
- a knowledge of contemporary issues; and
- an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Correlation of outcomes
The following table correlates the desired course outcomes with the desired program outcomes they support.
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|desired course outcomes||1||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔||||||||||✔||✔|