Microprocessor Systems (bite-sized HE course)

Course Code: MPSUP
Learning Aim Code: Z0001940
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time bite-sized HE course - a module from the BTec HNC/D in engineering
Duration: 16 weeks – one half-day per week
Campus: Wellington Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

If you are an electrical engineer and need additional training to fully understand microprocessor systems, this part-time course – a module from the HNC/D in engineering qualification – will develop your knowledge of systems’ use in instrumentation, control or communication systems.

We have a state-of-the-art modern engineering workshop equipped with a range of industry-standard equipment including millers, lathes, CNC tooling and laser cutters, along with fabrication and welding equipment, such as Tig, Mig and Arc welders and CAD suites.

What will I learn?

Studying this module will enable you to:

  • Understand microprocessor-based systems
  • Design software for a microprocessor-based system
  • Design and build an interface for a programmable device

What skills will I gain?

During this course you will:

  • Understand the practical aspects of device selection and interfacing of external peripheral devices
  • Study key stages of the development cycle
  • Investigate and compare the applications of microprocessor-based systems
  • Experience and develop software designs and write programmes for a microprocessor-based system
  • Consider the design of programmable interface devices
  • Design, build, programme, test and evaluate an interface for a programmable device
  • Select and use devices
  • Write and test suitable software in assembler or high-level language

How will I be assessed?

  • This is an assignment-based course and there are no exams
  • You will be continually assessed throughout the course via assignments and the production of a detailed portfolio
  • What can I do next?

    Completion of the module will enable you to:

  • Use the skills you have gained in the workplace
  • Continue with further study and progress to the HNC/D in engineering
  • What are the Entry Requirements?

    As this module is part of an HNC/D qualification, you are required to be over 18 years of age and have the following qualifications:

    • Two A Levels – preferably in maths or science OR
    • BTec certificate or diploma in engineering or a related discipline

    - Mature students will be considered in light of relevant work/life experience

    - Non-EU students are required to have an IELTS or equivalent university qualification

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