Syllabus for ELD-400



Advanced Microprocessors provides a working knowledge of hardware and software applications that utilize microcontroller-based systems.  Course content will focus on architecture, programming, and interfacing of microcontrollers with internal and external devices. The course includes a lab providing students with actual hands-on experience building various Freescale-based systems in a PC-based development environment.


After completing this course, you should be able to:


You will need the following materials to complete your coursework. Some course materials may be free, open source, or available from other providers. You can access free or open-source materials by clicking the links provided below or in the module details documents. To purchase course materials, please visit the University's textbook supplier.

Required Textbook

Required Lab Kit

Your course laboratory kit is provided by EVB+. Please click the following link to access instructions on how to order your lab materials: Lab Kit Requirement - Ordering Instructions.

Important Note: All the lab exercises require you have the above Dragon12-Plus2-SM trainer kit, and a PC desktop or laptop as the applications used with the lab kit are Windows-based.


Microprocessors is a three-credit online course, consisting of six modules. Modules include topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussions, complete written assignments, submit lab reports, and take a midterm exam. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Promoting Originality

One or more of your course activities may utilize a tool designed to promote original work and evaluate your submissions for plagiarism. More information about this tool is available in this document.

Discussion Forums

This course requires you to participate in six graded discussion forums. There are also one ungraded but required introduction forum in Module 1.

Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments draw on problems from the textbook or are related to the topics covered in the modules.

When preparing your answers, please identify each problem clearly by textbook section and problem number. Be sure to include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled. To receive full credit for your answers, you must show all work and include complete solutions.

Lab Assignments

You are required to complete six lab assignments. The lab assignments require you use the assembly language CodeWarrior to experiment with the Dragon12-Plus2-SM board. You will be asked to write a summary report of each lab assignment with screen shots included. Detailed instructions and criteria for the lab assignment report are included in each module.

Midterm Examination

You are required to take a proctored online midterm examination. There is no final exam for this course. The midterm exam requires that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the "Examinations and Proctors" section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course Web site) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.

Online exams are administered through the course Web site. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of your midterm exam week.

Midterm Examination

The midterm exam is two hours long and covers modules 1 to 3 of the course. It consists of multiple choice questions, T/F questions, matching, and essay questions.

The midterm exam is a closed book exam and no calculator is allowed.

Statement about Cheating

You are on your honor not to cheat during the exam. Cheating means:

If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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