EE 3381: Microcontrollers and Embedded Systems

EE 3381 (Spring 2014)
Microcontrollers and Embedded Systems

Instructor: Professor Joseph Camp
Email: "camp" AT ""
Phone: 214-768-8541 Fax: 214-768-3573
Office location: 340 Junkins Building, SMU campus
Office hours: 3:30-5pm (after class) Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment

Time/Place: 2-3:20pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, Caruth 161
EE 3181 Lab Times: Mondays 2-4:50pm and 5-7:50pm in Junkins 215

Course Description: An introduction to microcontrollers and embedded systems. Students study a widely used family of microprocessors as an introduction to architecture, software, and interfacing concepts. Topics include number systems and arithmetic operations for computers, assembly and C language programming, microprocessor organization and operation, memory and I/O port interfacing, and microprocessor-based controller design. Students write, assemble, and execute embedded programs designed for various applications.

Prerequisite: C- or better in EE 2381.

Corequisite: EE 3181.



Both midterms are in-class exams and must be completed independently. The SMU Honor Code will be strictly enforced. For homework assignments, group work is encouraged, but each submission must be per individual. Late homework work will be penalized at 15% of its full credit per day up to a maximum of 4 days, after which no late work will be accepted.

Required Textbooks:
William Hohl, ARM Assembly Language Fundamentals and Concepts, CRC Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4398-0610-4.

Other References (relevant portions included on Blackboard):
Steve Furber, ARM system-on-chip architecture, 2nd Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2000, ISBN 0-201-67519-6.

Course Contents:

Disability Accommodations: Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first be registered with Disability Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS) to verify the disability and to establish eligibility for accommodations. Students may call 214-768-1470 or visit to begin the process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make appropriate arrangements.

Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)

Students enrolled in EE 3381 will be evaluated on the following ABET Learning Outcomes:
C - An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability.
K - An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice