Embedded Microcontroller Systems - Arduino


4 weeks x 3 hour session


Warrnambool Campus

Tuesday 29th August  to  19th September 2017 ( 4 weeks )


 Room: TBA


Photo identification (including your date of birth).

What You Learn

Connecting sensors/actuators and loading code to embedded microcontroller systems for interaction with the environment.

What You Get

Specialist knowledge - Understand embedded microcontroller systems.

Kit - Arduino microcontroller board and various sensors & actuators.

Materials to Bring

Pen and notepaper.

Photo identification (including your date of birth).

Dress Code



Embedded microcontroller systems – Arduino

The Arduino platform provides an easy introduction to the area of embedded microcontroller systems. Embedded microcontroller systems are ever-present in our everyday lives being an integral part of advanced robotics through to the simple digital clock and the Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Through undertaking this course students are able to acquire specialist knowledge in the area of embedded microcontroller systems. By working with a kit of components, students are able to experiment within areas such as infrared, ultrasonics, motor control, optics, audio and analog to digital conversion.

Students are introduced to the open-source Arduino community and shown how to connect, program and test the Arduino microcontroller platform. With its simple connect by numbers format, inexpensive and readily available sensors/actuators, and freely available example code, the Arduino is suitable for students from 12 years of age and up. Importantly, its scope of complexity through written code and advanced hardware options makes it complex enough for an electronic engineer.

At the end of the course students will have built several embedded microcontroller based electronics system and understand how to expand upon their knowledge when leaving the course.


  • Arduino board varieties
  • Sensor types and operation including switches, infrared, ultrasonic and temperature sensors
  • Actuator types and operation including stepper motors, LED, seven segment and LCD displays
  • Connecting sensors and actuators
  • The Arduino integrated development environment
  • Loading and modifying example code
  • Debugging example program code
  • Fritzing
  • The Arduino community and resources

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