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Course unit
INL1001831, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
IN0507, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SIMONE BUSO ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/01 Electronics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 2
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2011 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
8 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 BUSO SIMONE (Presidente)
ROSSETTO LEOPOLDO (Membro Effettivo)
7 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 BUSO SIMONE (Presidente)
SPIAZZI GIORGIO (Membro Effettivo)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The course extends some of the competences given be the courses of Introductory Computer Science and Processor Architecture. In addition, the course requires the basic knowledge provided by the courses of Digital Electronics and Fundamentals of Electronics.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at giving a practical understanding of the hardware organization and software architecture of a microcontroller and/or digital signal processor. In particular, the course focuses on the devices oriented towards embedded and real time digital control of industrial processes and systems. The knowledge to be acquired includes the basic operational functions of microcontroller peripheral units and the capability of completing simple C language code designs in a professional, state of the art, integrated development environment.
Examination methods: The course is concluded by a written examination: each candidate will have to solve some exercises testing his/her acquired competences. The final note can be integrated by a laboratory test, where the candidate will have to replicate one of the experiments presented in the laboratory lessons.
Assessment criteria: The hands-on orientation of the course directly reflects on the evaluation criteria. While the knowledge of lesson material is considered fundamental, the core of the evaluation is in the assessment of the practical ability and problem-solving attitude of each candidate.
Course unit contents: Basic hardware organization and software architecture of a microcontroller and/or a DSP. Fundamental circuits of an ALU: adder, barrel shifter, multiplier. Control circuits for wired and micro-programmed CPU designs. Micro-controller peripheral units: timer and PWM modulator, A/D converter, capture and compare unit, serial communication units, field bus interface. Peripheral unit management by interrupts. Memory organization of a microcontroller. Instruction set characteristics. Fixed and floating point arithmetic. Integrated development environments. Building projects and application code development.
Laboratory drills: analysis of simple application codes for a Cortex M4 ARM based microcontroller, including digital filter, closed loop regulation of PWM controlled dynamic systems, communication protocols, synchronization algorithms.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course material includes both lessons and laboratory drills. Each lesson is presented as a slide-show, with occasional integration of blackboard notes. Drills are based on an integrated design environment (IDE) for ARM based microcontrollers and on a custom designed experimental platform. A selection of solved problems is illustrated in detail, that the students have to experimentally evaluate in the laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Hand-outs covering all lesson topics and some reference material (technical papers, datasheets, …) can be downloaded from the course web page.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • S.Buso, Introduzione alle applicazioni industriali di microcontrollori e DSP. Bologna: Esculapio, 2015. ISBN: 978-88-7488-839-9 Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Clements, The principles of computer hardware, fourth edition. --: Oxford, 2006. ISBN: 9780199273133 Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. Hohl, ARM Assembly Language: Fundamentals and Techniques. --: CRC Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781439806104 Cerca nel catalogo
  • D.A. Patterson, J.L. Hennessy, Computer organization and design. --: Morgan Kaufmann, 2008. ISBN: 9780123744937 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • One Note (digital ink)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)
  • Matlab

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