MCO455 - Microcontroller Concepts

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Subject Title
Microcontroller Concepts

Subject Description
This is a one-semester introductory microcontroller subject which deals with both the hardware and software of 8-bit devices. The MicroController used in MCO455 and MCO556 is the MC9S08GB32. This MicroController was created using VHDL by George VandeBelt and resides in the Altera DE1 board that we have in 3 of our labs ? A4066, A4070, and A4072.

The subject examines introductory microcontroller concepts, as well as programming in C using Codewarrior. A library of Arduino-like functions are provided to allow the students to more easily deal with A/D, D/A, LCD, Keypad, PC Screen formatting, PC Keyboard input, etc.

Even though most of the course deals with C programming, the students are made aware of how ASSEMBLY Language is generated from the C Program, to allow it to implement the internal MicroController registers.

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. Convert numbers to/from hexadecimal, binary, octal , BCD and decimal without a calculator.
  2. Do SIGNED/UNSIGNED calculations and check for OverFlows, NEGATIVE and ZERO conditions.
  3. Perform addition and subtraction of binary and hex numbers without a calculator.
  4. Describe internal microcontoller hardware Registers and their use.
  5. Characterize how a microcontroller system works using such concepts as Address Bus, Data Bus, Read/Write Line, and CLOCK.
  6. Distinguish between the various types of memory on the MicroController system (RAM, EEPROM FLASH, and I/O).
  7. Use a Memory Map to determine the SIZE in Kilobytes of the various types of onchip memory.
  8. Use CodeWarrior to examine/change on chip I/O, RAM, EEPROM, and FLASH addresses.
  9. Acquire a functional knowledge of INHERENT, IMMEDIATE, DIRECT, EXTENDED, and RELATIVE Addressing Modes.
  10. Generate machine code from a few Assembly Language Statements using a CODING SHEET to appreciate how an ASSEMBLER WORKS.
  11. Understand how the Condition Code Register bits N,Z,V and C are used to change program flow.
  12. Differentiate between all forms of conditional branching.
  13. Write, debug, and execute straight line and multi-loop programs with Indexed Addressing using assembly programming.
  14. Use CODEWARRIOR to SINGLE STEP through code to understand and Debug programs.
  15. Use CODEWARRIOR to write, debug, and execute straight line and multi-loop C Programs.
  16. Write Subroutines/Functions in ASSEMBLY/C Languages.
  17. Write code to provide simple KEYBOARD INPUT & SCREEN OUTPUT using the SERIAL interface

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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