From Scratch to System: A Hands-On Introductory Embedded Systems Course
This paper describes a hands-on introductory embedded systems course, which continues from the first microprocessor course. Instead of using an off-the-shelf microcontroller development board, it shows how students can build one from scratch and add components when required for assignments or as the need arises. The course begins with wiring a microcontroller system from scratch, continues through interfacing to various sensors, and culminates in a final project. The course also focuses on embedded systems code layering concepts and enforces their usage. Lectures on practical analog interfacing circuits, such as op-amp circuitry, were presented. There were two written tests and seven hands-on laboratory assignments. The course reviews indicated students like this approach tremendously.
Loo, Sin Ming; Kiepert, Josh; Pook, Michael; Hall, Jim; Klein, Derek; Patel, Vikram; Lee, Carl; and Planting, Arlen. (2010). "From Scratch to System: A Hands-On Introductory Embedded Systems Course". Proceedings of the 2010 Workshop on Embedded Systems Education, October 28, 2010, Scottsdale, AZ, . http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1930277.1930279