autumn 2021
STE-3602 Embedded Systems - 5 ECTS

Last changed 27.04.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from countries within EU/EEA: June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single subject

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering program with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics, 7,5 credits physics

Application code: 9371

Course overlap

STE6302 Embedded Systems 5 stp

Course content

The main goal of this course is to give an introduction to embedded system design which can be implemented using microcontrollers/microprocessors. In this course, students will learn to program the processors embedded in electronic devices. At the end of this course, students will be able to use embedded programming techniques to implement guidance, navigation and control systems for aerospace applications.


  • Introduction to the Course and Embedded Systems
  • Introduction to embedded programming in C
  • finite state machines and statecharts.
  • real-time operating systems
  • embedded communication and interfacing
  • microcontroller architectures: ARM-Cortex
  • sensors and actuators
  • Implementation of guidance, navigation and control algorithms

Objectives of the course

This course is oriented towards embedded systems and embedded programming. It presents in details the different parts of an embedded system based on microcontrollers and microprocessors. The embedded systems contains both hardware and software components and therefore a hardware/software co-design will be also mentioned. The course will give a basic knowledge on specification methods, design representations as well as related design methods.

Learning Outcomes:

- Review and evaluate hardware and software platforms for Embedded Systems.

- Demonstrate an understanding of microprocessor design.

- Demonstrate an understanding of embedded programming.

- Program guidance, navigation and control algorithms and run these on microcontrollers/microprocessors.

- Understanding how to build embedded systems for various applications, especially for aerospace applications.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The students will receive teaching in embedded systems and will spend much of the time doing project work. Through the project the students will learn the course contents through actively working with embedded systems closely supervised by the instructor. 


Course work requirement:

Individual project run by the students, which must be submitted in prior to the oral examination. A hard deadline and format for submission will be specified by the lecturer.

Examination and assessment:

Oral examination (M).

Scale of grading: A - F, where F is fail.

There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: STE-3602