Microcontrollers and the C Programming Language (MSP430)
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- Program microcontrollers with the C programming language.
Use timer peripherals
Use communication peripherals
- Use analog-to-digital converter peripherals
- Use a liquid crystal display (LCD)
- Use the MSP430 to develop embedded systems
- 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.
- 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.
Introduce students to how the course will be structured and provides background on Texas Instruments's hardware and software tools we will be using in the course.
Introduces students to the the course outline and provides information on ordering the hardware laboratory kit from Texas Instruments and element14.
Students will be able to explain what a microcontroller is and what it is used for.
Students will be able to explain what an embedded system is, how they are different from traditional computers, and why they use microcontrollers.
Students will be able to explain how programs provide the step-by-step instructions microcontrollers use to complete a task.
Students will be introduced to the software development tools developers use to create programs.
Students will create their first programs, download them to their Texas Instruments Launchpad Development Kits, and watch them run.
Find out what hardware and software components are required for the course.
Students will be able to use binary and hexadecimal numbers. They will learn how to use a programming calculator, and how microcontrollers store and manipulate non-decimal numbers.
Students will write programs using the binary logic operators (AND, OR, NOT, and Exclusive-OR) to perform logic operations and conditions.
Students will be able to explain the functional blocks found inside of microcontrollers.
Students will be able to explain the different types of program memory, their advantages, and disadvantages that developers to consider.
Students will be able to explain the different types of data memory, their advantages, and disadvantages that developers need to consider.
Students will be able to explain the role of the peripheral functional block and how they distinguish microcontrollers from microprocessors.