Course detail

Microprocessors and Embedded Systems

FIT-IMPAcad. year: 2019/2020

Embedded systems, introduction, applications. Microcontroller architecture. Memory subsystem. Programmers model, programming of the ARM core. Stack. Interrupt subsystem and its programming. On chip peripheral devices and their programming: system clock generator, timer, communication interface UART, IIC and SPI, analogue and digital input and output, RTC module. Programming techniques for embedded systems in C language.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

  • Students are familiar with general structure of microcontrollers and with the techniques of embedded systems design.
  • Students are capable to design and debug the routines and initialization routine for each peripheral device. They are skilled in utilizing of basic debugging techniques for the application programs written in C language.

Understanding of design specificity of embedded systems using microcontrollers and techniques of application debugging.


To be familiar with the structure of CPU and other computer components, basics of electronics and machine-level programming. The basic knowledge of programming in C language.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Materials for lectures, labs and exercises. (EN)
J.W. Valvano, Embedded Systems: Real Time Interfacing to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers, ISBN 978-1463590154, 2017.
K60 Sub-Family Reference Manual, dostupné on-line:
ARM Cortex-M4 Processor Technical Reference Manual, available on-line:
Materials at the NPX website. (EN)
KL05 Sub-Family Reference Manual, dostupné on-line: (EN)
Cortex-M0+ Devices Generic Users Guide, available on-line:
Predko, M.: "Handbook of Microcontrollers", McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0079137164, 1998.
J.W.Valvano, Embedded Systems: Introduction to ARM Cortex-M Microcontrollers, Volume 1, ISBN 978-1477508992. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

  • laboratory assignments with the defense
  • mid-term written examination

Exam prerequisites:
Project designing with obligatory storing  into IS and getting at least 5 points for the project.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


To give the students the knowledge of architecture of different microcontrollers. To acquaint with performance of individual subsystems namely CPU- programming model, flash memory, timer, interrupt subsystem, communication interface, AD converter. Make students familiar with basic rules and programming techniques in a  high-level language C as well as with embedded system design.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Within this course, attendance on the lectures and group practice are not monitored. Laboratory practice and project are monitored.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BIT Bachelor's, 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme IT-BC-3 Bachelor's

    branch BIT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Introduction to Embedded systems.
  2. ARM Core for microcontrollers.
  3. Memory subsystem and interrupts.
  4. Programming in C.
  5. Communication interfaces.
  6. FITkit programming.
  7. Digital inputs and outputs, ports.
  8. Timers, counters.
  9. Analogue input and output.
  10. System clock and clock generation.
  11. Power supply and power consumption of embedded systems.
  12. Practical aspects of embedded systems design.
  13. Real-time system.

Fundamentals seminar

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. Introduction to lab kit, serial communication.
  2. Digital input/output.
  3. Timer, PWM.
  4. Analogue input.


12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  • Compulsory individual or team twelve-hour project.