A Microprocessor Design Course That Integrates Hardware, Software, and Team Research



The Electrical Engineering microprocessor design course, like most design curriculum, allows students to develop practical engineering skills. At the University of Tulsa, we have  augmented this to simulate a custom design house1. The students build 11 computer projects during the fall semester of the senior year. The projects begin with basic input / output,  and then proceed through timers, serial communication to a PC, seven-segment displays, keyboards, liquid crystal displays, and analog conversion. These are performance-based  projects. The mission is discussed in a lecture. The functional criteria are specified. Then it is up to the student to determine and purchase the hardware required. After that, the  hardware must be integrated with the software. Each student must construct his own prototype on his schedule. The professor and assistants are available on a preset schedule to provide aid and to check the performance.

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