Embedded Systems Development (Optional Co-op)

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Courses - January 2023

Level 1

Course Details

Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Digital Design Principles
EECE8005

Description:

This course covers the design and modeling of digital hardware systems using a hardware description language. Topics include: digital circuit design, logic synthesis and verification, the electronic properties of logic gates, electrical interfacing between logic families, asynchronous to synchronous interfacing, clock distribution and timing.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Electronics Design Principles
ELCN8005

Description:

This course covers practical electronic circuit design, prototyping and testing, including amplification, voltage regulation, clock generation, sensor and signal conditioning circuits, power supply design and other electronics topics which are important in embedded systems design.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Entrepreneurship
ENTR8040

Description:

Individual and group work will be used to explain and evaluate all aspects of business activities. The student will be able to develop a business plan upon completing the course. Case studies will be extensively used.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Embedded Programming Principles
PROG8125

Description:

This course covers software design and implementation using the C language. Topics include: algorithm design, modular code design, programming style, functions, arrays, pointers, strings, data structures, and input/output. Emphasis will be placed on the use of these techniques for embedded software development, including the use of embedded development tools.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 2

Course Details

Co-op and Career Preparation
CEPR8200

Description:

This series of modules will prepare graduate certificate students for job searching for their co-op work terms with the guidance of a Co-op Advisor. Students will familiarize themselves with the co-operative education policies and procedures and will learn the expectations, rules, and regulations that apply in the workplace regarding social, organizational, ethical, and safety issues while deepening their awareness of self- reflective practices. Students will critically reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and evaluate available opportunities in the workplace. Successful completion of these modules is a requirement for co-op eligibility.

  • Hours: 14
  • Credits: 1
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Hardware/Software Interfacing
CNTR8005

Description:

This course introduces concepts associated with the interface of external hardware to embedded systems, and the software control of such hardware. Topics include bus structures such as I2C, SPI, CAN, parallel and serial interfacing, GPS and other embedded communications technologies. Applications involving the design of interfaces and control software for stepper motors, sensing devices and communications are developed.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: EECE8000 OR EECE8005 AND PROG8125
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Embedded Systems Hardware Design
EECE8010

Description:

This course covers the design and implementation of a microcontroller-based embedded target system. The circuit design, fabrication, assembly and testing of a multi-layer printed wiring board assembly for a specified embedded control and communication application is studied.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: EECE8005 AND ELCN8005
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Data Structures and Algorithms for Embedded Programming
PROG8130

Description:

This course emphasizes software design and implementation that make use of efficient and effective data organization. Essential data structures are discussed, analyzed, and implemented in the context of embedded software development. Algorithms are studied and implemented. Efficiencies and costs of selected algorithms are evaluated.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: PROG8125
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Software Engineering Principles
SENG8010

Description:

This course will emphasize proper software design, software development issues, software documentation and technical communication. Students will be asked to properly analyze and understand system requirements, problem solve for optimal solutions, select appropriate solution compromises, and understand common software trade-offs. Topics include specification writing for system development and testing, code development, and software maintenance issues.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Level 3

Course Details

Co-op Work Term I (Embedded Systems Development)
COOP8050

Description:

This co-op work term will provide students with college-approved work experience in an authentic, professionally relevant work environment. Students will be provided the opportunity to connect theory and practice by leveraging their academic knowledge to develop specialized vocational skills. The practical applications of this work term will promote students’ awareness of key concepts and terminology in their field, improve their competencies in problem-solving and decision-making, further their application of professional judgement, hone their leadership skills (independently or as part of team), and enhance their capacity to critically analyze and reflect on their demonstrated abilities in the workplace.

  • Hours: 420
  • Credits: 14
  • Pre-Requisites: CDEV8200 OR CEPR8200
  • CoRequisites:

Level 4

Course Details

Reconfigurable Systems Principles
EECE8020

Description:

This course covers the application of programmable logic devices in the rapid and systematic design and implementation of adaptive computing systems, as this pertains to embedded systems development.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: EECE8010
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Engineering Capstone Project
EECE8040

Description:

This course involves the design, implementation and evaluation of individual and/or group projects that integrate the embedded systems knowledge and skills learned in this program. Appropriate problem solving, communication and time management skills are emphasized.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: CNTR8005 AND EECE8010
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Operating Systems Design
INFO8110

Description:

This course performs an in-depth study of the organization of operating systems for various computer platforms. Aspects covered include process scheduling, process synchronization, multi-process computation, deadlock avoidance, and file system organization and integrity.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites:
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Emerging Technologies
TECH8020

Description:

This course teaches topics of current interest in the embedded development industry. Topics include current embedded operating systems, current connectivity protocols and services, and system level design challenges.

  • Hours: 56
  • Credits: 4
  • Pre-Requisites: CNTR8005 AND EECE8010
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Program outcomes

  1. Provide a customer solution that meets quality standards and satisfies customer requirements for embedded systems products.
  2. Solve complex embedded systems problems through research, experimentation, integration of computer hardware and software, and the use of electronic instrumentation.
  3. Design, develop, test, configure and maintain embedded systems.
  4. Integrate engineering skills and knowledge with current business strategies to provide cost-effective and economically sound embedded solutions to product realization problems.
  5. Adhere to professional, ethical and legal codes of practice and comply with industrial, labour, and environmental legislation.
  6. Work with diverse teams consisting of hardware and software specialists.
  7. Convey product specifications, requirements and other relevant product documentation using current and relevant communication techniques and language.