Microcontrollers and the C Programming Language (MSP430)
- Information about the laboratory kit and the instructions for downloading the software will be provided in Section 1.
The course is laboratory based. Almost every lecture and section of the course leads directly to a hands-on laboratory assignment. The more practice you get using the “real world" Texas Instruments MSP430 hardware and software the more proficient you will be.
The course does not waste your time. From the very beginning, we jump right in to your first laboratory assignment – Let's Get Started.
The course is modular in nature. Are you new to the world of microcontrollers? Great! Start at the beginning, and we'll teach you everything you need to know. Do you have some background in microcontrollers but want to learn more? Fantastic! You can pick and choose the modules that you need.
The course is packed with information. From the beginnings of the C programming language to advanced microcontroller peripherals, the course teaches you all of the building blocks you would need to build your own electronic systems.
We use lots and lots of examples. We take you step-by-step through the lessons – each time providing sample code and documentation to make sure you are supported through the course.
We are here to help. We are educators with a singular focus of providing a meaningful experience for our students. And, while we cannot do the work for you, we are willing to work WITH you help you succeed.
Who this course is for:
- This course is meant for individuals who are not familiar with microcontrollers, the MSP430, and/or the C programming language.
- For more experienced individuals, the course will also expedite the learning curve for the Texas Instruments MSP430 and Code Composer Studio integrated development environment.
- 02:28What Is This Course All About?
- 04:00Course Introduction
- 01:37What Is a Microcontroller?
- Preview01:54What Is an Embedded System?
- 02:02What Is a Program?
- 02:34What Is an Integrated Development Environment?
- 00:47ACTION: How Do I Get Started?
- 3 pagesDOWNLOAD: What Do I Need For This Course?
- 34 pagesDOWNLOAD: Let's Get Started Lab Manual
- 00:47BONUS DOWNLOAD for the MSP-EXP430G2 Launchpad
- 01:21Wrap Up
- 4 questionsGetting Started
Mark M. Budnik is the Paul H. Brandt Professor of Engineering at Valparaiso University. He received his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Valparaiso University in 2006, Mark worked in the semiconductor industry, culminating as a Staff Engineer and the Director of White Goods and Motor Control at Hitachi Semiconductor. In these roles, he had a unique opportunity to work closely with a diverse customer base to identify and establish a number of best practices in embedded systems education.
In his career, he received multiple educational awards from academia and industry including ST Microelectronics, National Semiconductor, Hitachi Semiconductor, Valparaiso University, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Most recently, Mark was an ASEE Section Outstanding Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 2015 ASEE National Outstanding Teaching Award.
Mark is the author of more than fifty book chapters, journal articles, and conference proceedings and the recipient of five best paper/presentation awards. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design.
Mark Budnik is a nearly 30 year veteran of the electronics industry and academia. He holds the positions of the Paul H. Brandt Professor at Valparaiso University and the Electrical Engineering Program Director and Irwin Chair of Engineering at Houghton College. He has won numerous institution, regional, and national teaching awards including the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education Outstanding Teacher Medal.