SEE222 - Embedded Systems Design


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250

SIT172 and SEJ102


STP010 and one unit from SEE010 or SEJ010 

Incompatible with:

SER201, SER202

Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Week 1-6: 1 x 2 hour seminar per week.  Week 7-11: 2 x 3 hour studio per week. All students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.


Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour online seminar per week. 

Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on 2 scheduled days during the trimester intensive week (typically week 7). The tasks undertaken during this period directly contribute to summative assessment task 2 (digital fabrication skills) and summative assessment task 3 (project).


Student Equipment Purchases

Learning experiences and assessment activities in this unit require that students have access to specific computing mechatronics components/equipment, such as an Arduino Mega 2560 microcontroller and other components that vary from year to year.  The expected cost of this equipment for this unit is approximately $100. These components will also be usable in subsequent units. 


This unit introduces the basic concepts involved in the design, implementation, and operation of electronic embedded systems. Two main components of embedded systems will be described: software and hardware. In the software component, the C programming language in the context of embedded systems is discussed. This includes programming constructs, data types and storage, operators, input/output basics, control flow, repetition, functional decomposition, modularity and reuse.

In the hardware component, microcontrollers are discussed. One specific microcontroller is introduced and studied in detail in respect to both hardware system design, and software programming aspects. Basic inputs and outputs, serial communications, interrupts, timers/counters, analogue to digital converter, and other peripherals as well as their programming are discussed. In addition, an electronic embedded system project is nominated, and its construction is discussed.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve a mark of at least 40% in the project and a mark of at least 100% on the digital fabrication skills.

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