Syllabus for ELD-311



This course introduces microprocessors and microcontrollers and goes on to provide in-depth, hands-on coverage of their use in automation systems. It employs the Arduino open source hardware and software for imparting instruction. A comprehensive training kit is used to interface simple digital and analog components as well as complex modules utilizing industry standard buses. The course culminates with a project demonstrating a multitasking control application on an AVR microcontroller.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

     CO1    Describe the architecture and organization of microprocessors and microcontrollers.

     CO2    Explain main features of the AVR microcontrollers.  

     CO3    Examine the Arduino open source hardware and software systems.  

     CO4    Program the UNO board using the Arduino IDE.

     CO5    Use a breadboard to connect components and modules to the UNO board.

     CO6    Develop sketches to perform simple input and output operations.  

     CO7    Use the UNO board to control motors and servos.  

     CO8    Develop sketches to attach more complex modules.

     CO9    Demonstrate communication with the UNO board.

     CO10  Demonstrate interfacing with industry standard SPI and I2C buses.

     CO11  Describe the AVR hardware and timer interrupts.

     CO12  Utilize the Arduino IDE to control an LCD display.

     CO13  Describe diverse applications of AVR microcontrollers.

     CO14  Use the UNO board to program standalone AVR microcontrollers to make simple autonomous

                 embedded systems.

     CO15  Demonstrate multitasking applications on the UNO board.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

ISBN-13: 978-1118549360

Textbook Companion Website 

Required Lab Kit

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


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.

Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4

Course objectives covered in this module: CO5, CO6

        Course objectives covered in this module: CO7, CO8

Course objectives covered in this module: CO9, CO10

Course objectives covered in this module: CO11, CO12

Course objectives covered in this module: CO13, CO14, CO15


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 and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the Course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

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

Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. The purpose of the discussion forums is to help make the connection between the course concepts and the goals of the course. In discussion posts, you express your opinions and thoughts, provide support and evidence for the position(s) you take on a subject, and have the opportunity to ask questions and expand on insights provided by your colleagues. Active participation is vital to your overall success in this course.

Click to review Online Discussion Grading Rubric.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete six written assignments. The written assignments draw on the Study Materials in the modules.

When preparing your answers, answer all questions and cite and document all sources of information with an appropriate APA format. Be sure to proofread your work carefully for correct spelling, grammar, and clarity of expression.

Lab Assignments

You are required to complete six lab assignments. The lab assignments require you purchase an Arduino UNO R3 Starter Kit. For each lab assignment, you will be asked to complete several exercises and then write a lab report with a video demonstration.

The lab report should list all the major procedures required to complete each of the exercises including a cover sheet, objective, procedure, discussion/conclusion, and Arduino sketches.

The video demonstration should provide a visual record of the results obtained in each exercise. You are also required to use a video editor to combine all the clips into one video file for each lab assignment before you submit the video to the course website. For guidelines to record and merge video clips, check Record, Merge, and Upload Your Videos.

More details and guidelines for the lab assignments are explained in each module.

Midterm Examination

For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exam, refer to the study guide available in the Examinations section of the course Web site.

You are required to take a proctored online midterm examination. 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 website) 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 website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official date of your midterm exam week.

Midterm Examination

The midterm exam is 90 minutes long and covers Modules 1 through 3 of the course. It consists of multiple-choice questions that are based on module readings and activities.

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

Final Project

You are required to complete a final project for this course. The project will consist of two phases, design and build. The output of the first phase will be a design document which will be submitted by the end of Module 4. Upon completion of the build phase, a final report and demonstration video will be due. 

See the Final Project area of the course website for further details.

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).


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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Students at Thomas Edison State University are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

All members of the University community are responsible for reviewing the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the University Catalog and online at

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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