Microcontroller systems

Higher education teachers: Munih Marko
Collaborators: Podobnik Janez
Credits: 6
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64662

Subject description


  • Enrolement in the year of the course.
  • Exams passed in Introduction to Computer Programming, Microcontroller Programming.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Basic design of microcontroller systems – basic functional principles,
  • CPU presentation (architecture, function of units, pipeline, MMU),
  • Programming in assembly language and C, Internal and external interrupts (vector table, stack, nested and nonnested interrupts, priorities),
  • Real-time execution (use of timers, watchdog timer),
  • Connecting the periphery to parallel and serial ports (sinhronous, asynhronous),
  • Memory types and connecting,
  • Data transfer with direct memory access (DMA),
  • Development, debugging, test tools and methods,
  • Specifics of Digital signal processors

Objectives and competences:

  • To become familiar with theoretical background of microcontroller systems.
  • Use of development system via assembler and C language.
  • Enhancement of knowledge from Programming I and II courses into functional system.
  • Independence in use of microcontroller systems, interrupts, timers and watchdog.

Intended learning outcomes:

Understanding of structure and basic design principles of embedded systems. Skill in programming in assembler and high-level language. Debugging of circuits and programs.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures in various forms, instructions for lab practice, individual lab work. Each student is using powerful development system, its price is in range of one workbook. Practical exercises in form that enable further deep individual work. For specific fields are invited lectureres from internationally renomated slovene industry in the target field.

Study materials


  1. Tammy Noergaard, Embeded Systems Arhitecture - A Comprehensive Guide for Engineers and Programmers, CreateSpace , 0-123-82196-7.
  2. Jonathan W. Valvano, Real-Time Interfacing to Arm® Cortex(TM)-M Microcontrollers, CreateSpace, 2011, ISBN ISBN-10: 1-463-59015-6.
  3. Steve Furber, ARM System-On-Chip Arhitecture, Addison Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-67519-6.
  4. ARM mikrokrmilnik, zbrano študijsko gradivo, 2014, PDF datoteke na spletni strani predmeta.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 2 year - 1st cycle - Applied Electrical Engineering - Quality Engineering