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CC3501 - Computer Interfacing and Control

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Common interfaces to computer controlled equipment such as SPI and USB. Introduction to the physical layer characteristics of local area networks including IEEE 802.x and common industrial control networks, such as Fieldbus. High-level language programming of embedded microcontrollers and Linux systems. The application of real-time operating systems to embedded microcontroller based systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • differentiate between a range of common computer equipment interfaces and discuss their important benefits and limitations;
  • differentiate between common interfaces for sensors and actuators, and discuss how to connect them to existing or planned computerised industrial control and monitoring systems;
  • discuss the important physical characteristics of common local area networks;
  • discuss the specification, design and analysis of real-time systems;
  • develop internetworked embedded systems using microcontrollers and/or embedded Linux systems.
Prerequisites: CC2511 and (CC2510 or CP1300)


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Bronson Philippa.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (40%); laboratories (10%).

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