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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)A Price (Clayton); N Kamrani (Msia)


An introduction to computer architecture using a modern microprocessor as an example. Practical considerations involved in interconnecting logic element. Software and hardware techniques for interfacing computers to peripheral devices. Introduction to communication protocols used to connect local peripheral devices to a microprocessor, including RS232/RS422/RS485, CAN bus and i2C. An introduction to real time systems including concurrency, inter-process communications and scheduling.


Students are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of microprocessor systems at all levels of abstraction. They should also develop the ability to interconnect microprocessors and peripheral devices to create a functioning system. Given microprocessor hardware students should be able to program the system to interact with external sensors and actuators in a timely manner.


Written assignments: 10%
Laboratory work: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/practice classes and six hours of private study per week


(ECE2071 or CSE1301 or FIT1002 or TEC2171 or TRC2400) and (ECE2072 or TEC2172 or TRC2300)


ECE3073, ECE3703, GSE2303, GSE3802, TEC3174