Electronic Engineering

Postgraduate Certificate

Certificate in Embedded Systems Engineering

This programme consists of six modules which are delivered over two semesters.

Semester 1

Physical Layer, ELTR9010
Networking Embedded Systems, CTEC9012
Embedded Software Networking, ELTR9015

Semester 2
Physical Layer Design, ELTR9011
Embedded Networking Technology, CTEC9013
Distributed Embedded Software, ELTR9016

Module Information*

Embedded Software Networking

This module will develop skills in programming and methodologies for mobile and embedded
networked services using Java and J2ME technologies.


Networking Embedded Systems

This module starts with a revision of properties of fundamental communication protocols assuming students have some prior knowledge about communication protocols and networking. Following from the revision students will be introduced to modelling techniques widely used to analyse communication protocols and networks. The modelling techniques will then be applied in case studies of network design modelling and evaluation. The final topic is an introduction into a range of protocols for self-organisation in embedded networks providing students with an understanding as to how to create embedded networks.


Physical Layer

Physical Layer has the objective of introducing learners from diverse backgrounds to the hardware building blocks of a wireless sensor node and how they work together with embedded software to make a node that can function in a wireless sensor network. Overall aim: Understanding of the design, construction and application of a wireless sensor node through "reverse engineering" of pre-designed nodes and hands-on practice with a functioning wireless sensor node. The physical layer is the hardware of an embedded system and the base layer on which a network of embedded systems is built. By examining the design, building, programming and testing of an embedded sensor node, this module will examine, at a systems integration and test level: - the reduction of application-level specifications to a set of physical layer specifications - sensors and sensor interfacing - selection and use of microcontrollers - selection and use of wired/wireless transceivers and antennas - communication between node and network/PC - node testing - issues of power supply, packaging/interconnection and reliability - the interdependencies and the interaction of the physical layer with the higher levels of a network


Distributed Embedded Software

This module will allow the student to design and develop software systems using distributed embedded programing concepts and to programme embedded systems within a wider network.

Physical Layer Design

Overall aim: a priori design and building of a networkable embedded sensor hardware node for a selected application with a greater focus on independent design than in Physical Layer I. This module will support the student in carrying out a-priori design of a networkable embedded sensor hardware node with a particular focus on the application selected in the "Capstone" module and its actual physical embedding in the application. It will cover circuit design, component selection, board design, component and system packaging and system level issues such as power budgeting, design for manufacturability and design for reliability and integration with a network.


Embedded Networking Technology

This module will introduce the student to the current embedded network standards and communication protocol technologies, allowing the student to make informed choice on technology selection for design case studies for networked embedded systems


Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
CIT, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.

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