ECTS - Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers

Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers (CMPE236) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Introduction to Microprocessors and Microcontrollers CMPE236 3 2 0 4 8
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Question and Answer, Drill and Practice, Problem Solving, Team/Group.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce basic microcontroller architecture and operations, to teach how to program a microcontroller using both assembly language and C to implement a given design.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Demonstrate the transfer of information, from register to register to memory for each instruction
  • Describe the basis for interaction between the microcontroller and external hardware
  • Explain the operation of microcontroller hardware, and be able to write programs using timers and counters.
  • Define the operations performed by each assembly language instruction
  • Define the operations performed by each C-language instruction for the microcontroller. Interpret and design C programs
  • Develop mixed C/assembly language software
  • Explain what occurs within the microcontroller on an interrupt and develop programs using interrupts
Course Content Introduction to microcontrollers, instruction set, serial port operation, interrupt operation, assembly language programming, program structure and design, tools and techniques for program development, design and interface examples in assembly, design and interface examples.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Microcontrollers Main text, Chapter 1
2 Assembly Language Programming Chapter 2
3 Jump, Loop, and Call Instructions Chapter 3
4 I/O Ports Programming Chapter 4
5 Addressing Modes Chapter 5
6 Arithmetic Instructions and Programs Chapter 6
7 Logic Instructions and Programs Chapter 7
8 Single-Bit Instructions and Programming Chapter 8
9 Timer/Counter Programming in the microcontroller Chapter 9
10 Serial Communication Chapter 10
11 Interrupts Programming Chapter 11
12 Real World Interfacing I: LCD, ADC and Sensors Chapter 12
13 Real World Interfacing II: Stepper Motor, Keyboard, DAC Chapter 13
14 Interfacing to External Memory Chapter 14
15 Review
16 Review


Course Book 1. 8051 Microcontroller and Embedded Systems Using Assembly and C, Mazidi, Muhammad Ali, Prentice-Hall, 2nd edition, 2005
Other Sources 2. The 8051 Microcontroller, I.Scott MacKenzie and Raphael C.-W. Phan, Prentice Hall, 2006
3. Microcontroller Technology: The 68HC11 (4th Edition) by Peter Spasov , Prentice Hall; 4th edition, 2001
4. 68HC11 Manual by Motorola (available on the Internet)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory 1 25
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 35
Toplam 4 100
Percentage of Semester Work 65
Percentage of Final Work 35
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Adequate knowledge in mathematics, science and subjects specific to the computer engineering discipline; the ability to apply theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas to complex engineering problems. X
2 The ability to identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; selecting and applying proper analysis and modeling techniques for this purpose. X
3 The ability to design a complex system, process, device or product under realistic constraints and conditions to meet specific requirements; the ability to apply modern design methods for this purpose. X
4 The ability to develop, select and utilize modern techniques and tools essential for the analysis and determination of complex problems in computer engineering applications; the ability to utilize information technologies effectively. X
5 The ability to design experiments, conduct experiments, gather data, analyze and interpret results for the investigation of complex engineering problems or research topics specific to the computer engineering discipline. X
6 The ability to work effectively in inter/inner disciplinary teams; ability to work individually
7 Effective oral and writen communication skills in Turkish; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions.
8 The knowledge of at least one foreign language; the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, to prepare design and production reports, to make effective presentations, to give and to receive clear and understandable instructions.
9 Recognition of the need for lifelong learning; the ability to access information, to follow recent developments in science and technology.
10 The ability to behave according to ethical principles, awareness of professional and ethical responsibility;
11 Knowledge of the standards utilized in software engineering applications
12 Knowledge on business practices such as project management, risk management and change management;
13 Awareness about entrepreneurship, innovation
14 Knowledge on sustainable development
15 Knowledge on the effects of computer engineering applications on the universal and social dimensions of health, environment and safety; X
16 Awareness of the legal consequences of engineering solutions
17 An ability to describe, analyze and design digital computing and representation systems. X
18 An ability to use appropriate computer engineering concepts and programming languages in solving computing problems. X

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 5 80
Laboratory 1 15 15
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 4 64
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 10 20
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 15 15
Total Workload 194