Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2014


This unit will introduce students to hardware/software systems and codesign philosophy for Systems-on-a-Chip (SoC). Material on behavioural design, architecture selection, partitioning, scheduling, and communication will be covered. Design methodologies and tools including Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) and methods for system testing and verification will be introduced. The concept of intellectual property, reuse and verification will be presented. Examples and case studies from mechatronics related industries in Malaysia will be examined and SoC prototype product development will be investigated in hands-on laboratory exercises.


Students are expected to gain knowledge of real-time embedded systems for real world applications. They will learn about software/hardware integration and I/O programming. State-of-the-art SoC platforms and emerging embedded system development tools will be introduced. Integration of hardware modules to construct embedded systems, and the programming models and characteristics of various input/out interfaces will be emphasised. Students will develop an understanding of how assembly language, high-level languages and Hardware Description Languages (HDLs) can be chosen to meet computation, resource, software development requirements.


Tutorial work: 10%
Assignments: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

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Workload requirements

2 hours week lectures, 3 hours week laboratory/tutorials and 7 hours week of private study