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 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.
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.
This quiz will cover the material from Section 1 including developing and running your first microcontroller program.
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.
Students will write programs using FOR loops.
Students will be able to read a flow chart.
Students will write programs with WHILE loops.
Summary of FOR loops, WHILE loops, and the use of flow charts.
Students will write programs with nested loops.
Students will write programs with nested loops.
Mark M. Budnik is the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair and the Paul and Cleo 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.