Microcomputer Based System Design (EE 308)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Electronics Engineering(EE)
8/7 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Ayhan Bozkurt abozkurt@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Introduction to hardware and software design of microcomputer systems. Basic working principles of microprocessors, memory and I/O devices, bus interconnections, assembly language programming, integration of hardware and software design. Serial communications, parallel interfacing, interrupts and interupt handlers, timing analysis and delay handling in microcomputer circuits. A term project involving the design and implementation of a self-contained microcomputer system for a specific purpose (i.e., embedded system) will be assigned, in addition to regular software/hardware lab assignments.


To develop the skills to design hardware and software for microcomputer based digital systems.

To introduce programming skills for assembly language

To introduce the interfacing of microcomputers to peripheral devices and the interaction of software with hardware components

To develop skills for interfacing computer systems and developing the communications software

To provide each student with an experiment board so that they may get the opportunity for experimenting on a physical microcontroller system


  • Identify functional blocks and sequence of operations of a microprocessor
  • Demonstrate fundamental understanding of the interface between the microprocessor and peripheral devices
  • Generate assembly language programs for a particular microcomputer architecture and set of peripheral devices
  • Design a primitive operating system for a basic microcontroller architecture using device handlers and timer interrupts
  • Locate useful information in an extensive set of manuals regarding the operation, interfacing and programming of a microcontroller
  • Design computer-to-computer or computer-to-peripheral links using various digital communication protocols


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 1

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 2

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 1

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 2

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 2

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 2

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 3

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 4

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 1

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 5

1. Design, implement, test, and evaluate a computer system, component, or algorithm to meet desired needs and to solve a computational problem. 5

2. Demonstrate knowledge of discrete mathematics and data structures. 3

3. Demonstrate knowledge of probability and statistics, including applications appropriate to computer science and engineering. 1

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software 5

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 1

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 1

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 1

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 2

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 5


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 30
Assignment 30
Homework 10



* PIC24FJ256GB110 Family Data Sheet
* MPLAB Assembler, Linker and Utilities for PIC24 MCUs User?s Guide
* dsPIC30F/33F Programmer?s Reference Manual
* PIC24 Family Reference Manuals (contains detailed peripheral information)
* R. Reese, J. W. Bruce, B. A. Jones, Microcontrollers: From Assembly Language to C Using the PIC24 Family, Course Technology, 2009.