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Embedded Microprocessors In A Project Laboratory

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Portable/Embedded Computing II

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9.523.1 - 9.523.11



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Michael Parten

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Session 1824

Embedded Microprocessors in a Project Laboratory

Micheal Parten Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas Tech University

I Introduction

Electrical and Computer Engineering students have a need to be able to design and build systems with embedded microprocessors. They also need to be able to become familiar with different processors. There are many different ways to teach microprocessors and their applications. At Texas Tech University this goal is accomplished through a number of laboratories and courses. Students first encounter microprocessors in a first semester, sophomore level course on microprocessors, using a Motorola 68HC12. They also use this processor in their first project laboratory, also in the sophomore year. The objective in the second project laboratory, in the first semester of the junior year, is to have the students design and develop a system using a microprocessor they have not seen before. In this way, students learn that their basic knowledge can be carried over to other devices and systems.

II Project Laboratories

The laboratory structure in the ECE department at TTU is somewhat different than most university laboratories.1-10 There are 5, 3 hour credit required laboratory classes. Although all of the laboratories have pre-requisites, they are not associated with any one class. All of the laboratories require students to work in teams on long term projects. The student teams each have a project advisor, separate from the lab instructor and teaching assistant associated with each lab. All of the teams report on their progress and answer questions on their projects in a weekly 3 hour lab meeting with all of the groups.

In this case, in the second project laboratory, EE 3332, the students were given a semester long project to design and develop a system incorporating a low power, RISC microprocessor, the Texas Instruments’ MSP430. The students were divided into teams of 3 to 4 members. Although each team had a different embedded microprocessor project, they were all using the same microprocessor. This enables increased peer learning and support. All of the figures in this paper

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright 2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Parten, M. (2004, June), Embedded Microprocessors In A Project Laboratory Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13263

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