ECE 340/341 Microcontrollers and Lab (Spring 2016)


All assignments are collected at the start of class on the specified due date. Each assignment should have your name, the course number, the date, and the assignment designation (e.g., HW1, etc.). Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss five or more class periods will receive a final grade of F for the course. (Arriving late or leaving early is considered absent.)

Course Description

The primary goal of this course is to give you the fundamental skills needed to understand, use, and design microcontroller-based systems. This includes the following: (1) What is a microcontroller? (2) What can it do (and not do)? (3) How does one design (and program) a microcontroller-based system? Note: In addition to the listed prerequisites, ECE 340/341 required junior-level standing in EE or CompE. (e.g., You must have passed both Digital Logic and Circuits II with a C or better.)


Programming 32-bit Microcontrollers in C, Lucio Di Jasio, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-7506-8709-6. Author's web site  Text Errata

Reading Assignments

Please complete the reading assignments in a timely manner so that you may contribute in the class discussions. The following abbreviations are used below, with # identifying the chapter or section: LD - Day # from the class text by Lucio Di Jasio; FRM - PIC32 Family Reference Manual (separate PDF file per section); DS - PIC32MX Datasheet (single PDF file); PLIB - PIC32 Peripheral Library Guide; MX - MPLAB X User Guide ; and XC - XC32 Compiler User Guide.

Homework and Quizzes (20%)

There will be homework and quizzes, possibly unannounced, throughout the semester. 

  1. Jan 20 - HW1
  2. Jan 27 - HW2
  3. Feb 17 
  4. Mar 25 - Puzzler of the Day - Is a square wave a valid RS232 signal? If so, what "information" is transmitted (be specific) and how would you test your answer? Is there only one answer?
  5. Mar 30 - RS232 and I2C are two serial communication protocols. Compare and contrast the two in less than two pages.
  6. Apr 4 - I2C Homework
  7. Apr 18 - Calculate the measurement resolution in Hz for an input signal with a frequency of 31.6 kHz using the "measuring signal period" method, assuming your timer clock frequency is 10 MHz.
  8. May 2 - Expo Exporation

    Exams (80%)

    Each exam is worth 100 points and will be closed book, closed notes. Semester exams are 50 minutes long; the final exam will be two hours long and comprehensive. Please bring paper, calculator, pencil(s) and eraser to the exam.

    1. Feb 5 - Topic List
    2. Mar 2 - Topic List
    3. Apr 6 - Topics List
    4. Final Exam. Wed, May 11, 10 am - noon. Topics List


    Grades (and other information) will be distributed electronically to student UI e-mail addresses periodically throughout the semester. Grades will be calculated using the traditional scale (90%=A, 80%=B, etc.).

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