Principles and Applications of Microcontrollers

Pearson BTEC Level 3 Engineering – Principles and Applications of Microcontrollers

Course Code: L3E-A06
Enrolment Fee: £195.00
Format: On-line
Award: BTEC Level 3 Award in Engineering
Accreditation: TECOL
Study Time: 60 Hours
Requirements: Age – Min. 16 Yrs. Purchase PICKit -£50

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Aim and purpose

This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the features and characteristics of microcontrollers and will give them the skills needed to select, implement and test such devices.

Unit introduction

At work and at home we rely on a range of complex electrical and electronic devices and systems to meet our needs. We expect these devices to have numerous features, versatility, reduced costs, increased reliability, energy efficiency and be squeezed into ever-smaller units. This unit will enable learners to understand one of the most versatile building blocks that enable engineers to develop such applications – the microcontroller.

A microcontroller is a ‘computer-on-a-chip’ and contains all the elements of a computer, such as electronic memory, input/output interfaces and control processes. This provides small size, reduced power consumption and the ability to control (after it has been programmed) processes or events. The microcontroller can be used for applications that measure, store, control, calculate or display information.

This unit will develop your understanding of microcontrollers and the main features of microcontroller internal architecture. The unit will cover communication and human interface devices, as their purpose is to be able to receive data and then pass back processed information either to other devices or to the human operator for them to act upon. You will also be introduced to real-time operating systems (RTOS) and control instructions. They will also develop their ability to select, implement and test microcontrollers.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Understand the internal architectural features and common characteristics of microcontrollers

2 Understand microcontroller communication interfaces and human interface devices

3 Understand microcontroller hardware control methods

4 Be able to select, implement and test a microcontroller.