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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)L Kleeman


The unit enables students to understand, analyse, specify, design and test embedded systems in terms of the hardware architecture, distributed systems and the software development that deploys a real time kernel and the migration of software to hardware. The design, analysis and implementation of a real time kernel will be studied that includes scheduling policies, process creation and management, inter-process communication, efficient handling of I/O and distributed processor implementation issues. Students will be involved in a design project that involves the hardware and real time system design of an embedded system with hard deadlines using an FPGA development system.


To understand the development process for embedded systems from specification, simulation, implementation and testing. To gain an appreciation of the effectiveness and properties of a real time kernel in the software development process. To gain a knowledge and understanding of the properties of different scheduling policies and their implementation in a real time system. To understand the process of migration of a software definition to a hardware implementation as a means to accelerate an embedded system design. To understand the complexities and design approaches necessary in a distributed real time embedded system.


Continuous assessment: 40%
Examination: (3 hours) 60%.
Students must achieve a mark of at least 45% in each assessment component and an overall mark of at least 50% in order to achieve a pass grade.

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory and practice classes and 7 hours of private study per week


ECE3073 or TRC3300


ECE4705, ECE5075