Computer Design (ELE340)

The course intention is to give the students insight into structured design of embedded system, ie., microprocessor based systems for measurement and control. The students are organized into project groups where project management and multidiscipline attitude is emphasized. Design exercises in the laboratory is a main part of the course, and selected topics will be lectured.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course intention is to give the students insight into structured design of embedded system, ie. microprocessor based systems for measurement and control. The course covers development of analog and digital electronic circuits for interfacing sensors and for communication in addition to development of software for embedded solutions. The students are organized into project groups, and will through the project and lectures follow the design, development, and construction of an embedded system from start to finished product (prototype).

The course is currently based on the STM32F3 micro controller which has a ARM Cortex-M4 core. Some topics: Project management. Serial communication. Analog to digital conversion. Pulse-Width Modulation. Transistors. Voltage regulators. Implementation of algorithms for signal processing and digital control in embedded systems. Noise EMI and EMC. Circuit design, PCB design and production. Project management plays a vital role in the course and a multi-discipline attitude is emphasized.

Learning outcome


  • Know how a computer in general and an embedded system (ES) in particular can be designed.
  • Know how to design interfaces between ES and external devices.


  • Be able to plan, report and control a small development project.
  • Be able to specify, analyze and design hardware and software implemented in a simple ES.
  • Be able to carry out drawing, lay-out, production, assembly and testing of a simple one- or two-layer printed circuit board.
  • Be able to implement signal processing and control algoritms in an ES.

General competence:

  • Fundamental understanding of structure, properties and potential of computer-based systems in general and with a main focus on ES.

Required prerequisite knowledge

DAT120 Introduction to Programming, ELE100 Electrical Engineering 1, ELE130 Applied Mathematics and Physics in Programming of Robots, ELE200 Electrical Engineering 2, ELE210 Computer Architecture

Recommended prerequisites

ELE300 Signals and Systems


Written exam and project report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 2/5 3 Hours Letter grades All 1)
Project report 3/5 Letter grades

1) All printed or hand written material is allowed. Calculators are allowed.

Project report documents the project work. Project report written in groups as standard, and only individually in exceptional cases. If the report is a group work, all participants in the group get the same grade. All parts must be passed in order to get a final grade in the course. It is not possible to retake the project report next semester. Students that wish to take this part again, must do this the next year the course is given.

Coursework requirements

Theortical exercises, Laboratory exercises

Mandatory work demands (such as laboratory-work, hand in assignments, projects, etc) must be approved by subject teacher within the specified deadlines.

Completion of mandatory work are to be made at the times and in the groups that are assigned and published. Absence due to illness or for other reasons must be communicated as soon as possible to the laboratory personnel. One cannot expect that provisions for completion of the lab assignments at other times are made unless prior arrangements with the laboratory personnel have been agreed upon.

Failure to complete the mandatory work on time or not having them approved will result in barring from taking the exam of the course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Kristian Thorsen

Coordinator laboratory exercises:

Jon Fidjeland

Head of Department:

Tom Ryen

Method of work

4 hours lectures and 4 hours mandatory laboratory work/assignments per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
System design (BIE110_1) 5
Digital and analog circuits (BIE230_1) 5
Digital and Analog Electronic Circuits 2 (TE0623_1) 5
Digital and Analog Electronic Circuits 2 (TE0623_A) 5

Open for

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. The number of students for this course is limited due to laboratory space and equipment. Enrolment is decided based on each student´s grades. Grades in prerequisite courses are used in the decision with the following weighting: ELE210 (40%), ELE200 (20%), ELE100 (20%), DAT110/DAT120 (10%), ING100/ELE130 (10%).

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto