Embedded Microcontroller Systems - Microchip


12 weeks x 3 hour session


Warrnambool Campus

Pending interest,  this course may be scheduled at Warrnambool Campus.

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Photo identification (including your date of birth).

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What You Learn

Designing, building, programming and testing embedded microcontroller systems that interact with the environment using sensors and actuators.

What You Get

Specialist knowledge - Basic electronics, 'C' language programming, Microcontroller fundamentals, using test equipment

Kit - Microcontroller and associated components, debugger/programmer, various sensors and actuators

Materials to Bring

Pen and notepaper.

Photo identification (including your date of birth).

Dress Code



Embedded microcontroller systems – Microchip

Microchip is a company at the forefront of technology in the area of embedded microcontroller systems. Embedded microcontroller systems being playthings of electronic engineers, are the core components used within areas such as 3D motion sensing, wireless radio and robotics.

Through undertaking this course mature age students are able to acquire specialist knowledge in the area of microcontrollers, electronics, software programming and test equipment.

Students are introduced to the Microchip microcontroller and after being provided with a kit of components, are taught how to design, build, test and debug Microchip based embedded microcontroller systems for a range of applications. The course covers microcontroller fundamentals, analog and digital electronics, ‘C’ language software programming and explores a range of sensors and actuators within areas such as Infrared, ultrasonics, motor control, optics and audio.

At the end of the course students will have designed, built and tested several embedded microcontroller based electronics systems that they can then take home to experiment with and expand on.


  • Microcontroller fundamentals
  • Microcontroller evaluation boards
  • Building microcontroller circuits
  • Basic electronics
  • Sensor types and operation including switches, infrared, ultrasonic and temperature sensors
  • Actuator types adn operation including stepper motors, LED, seven segment and LCD displays
  • Connecting sensors and actuators
  • Creating 'C' language code
  • Programming and debugging in the MPLABX integrated development environment
  • Using test equipment

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