MCO455 - Microcontroller Concepts

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Subject Title
Microcontroller Concepts

Subject Description
This is a one-semester introductory micro controller subject that deals with both the hardware and software of 32-bit devices. The micro controller used in MCO455 is the NXP FRDM-K64. It is one of over 170 different
MicroController boards that is supported by a development platform called MBED. Mbed was developed by ARM, the leader in 32-bit Micro Controllers that are developed specifically for IoT.

The subject examines introductory micro controller and IoT concepts. MBED provides a cloud compiler for program development. This compiler comes with a library written in C++ that is open source, royalty free and
works with over 170 different 32-bit micro controller boards from a variety of manufacturers. We will be exporting code developed on the CLOUD Compiler to MCUXpresso, that will allow us to trouble shoot the code down to the hardware registers of the FRDM-K64.

Credit Status
This is a one-credit subject for students in Engineering Technology or Engineering Technician Programs.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Perform conversions and calculations in and among hexadecimal, binary, octal, BCD, and decimal number systems without a calculator including
  2. Perform SIGNED/UNISIGNED calculations and check for Overflows, Negative and Zero Conditions
  3. Characterize how a micro controller system works, using such concepts as ADDRESS BUS, DATA BUS, Read/Write Line, and CLOCK.
  4. Identify, analyze and distinguish between various types of memory on the Microcontroller system (RAM, EEPROM, FLASH, and I/O).
  5. Understand how the Condition Code Register bits N, Z, V and C are used to change program flow.
  6. Produce and interpret code in the MBED Cloud compiler and use MCUXpresso to SINGLE STEP to analyze and debug programs.
  7. Understand the application of a 32-bit micro controller in an IoT context, such as wireless mesh networks using 6LowPan, secure chip to cloud communications, etc.
  8. Design, analyze and troubleshoot circuits with microcontrollers and write code in high level languages to interface with hardware.
  9. Understand the application of interrupt service routine to detect motion on the Passive Infrared motion detector.
  10. Communicate with cell phone through BLE module to display GPS, and other data using the BLUEFRUIT App.
  11. Use cell phone with the BLUEFRUIT App to interface and control hardware
  12. Use MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) to interact with a Web page dashboard to provide interaction to/from the hardware connected to the FRDM-K64.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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