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Design and Prototype Embedded Computer Systems

Discover embedded system design and work your way through the product design lifecycle. Supported by Google.

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Design and Prototype Embedded Computer Systems
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Learn how to design your own embedded system

On this course from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, you will explore how embedded systems are used in the world around us.

You will learn what makes an embedded system different from a general purpose system (such as a PC) and discover how embedded systems are specialised for a particular use case.

As you explore the iterative design process, you will discover how the purpose of a system affects how it is designed, from choosing its components to the look of the final product. You will also investigate the design of an algorithm and, ultimately, design your own embedded system.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds So you’ve got an idea for a physical computing project. What hardware should you choose? What materials will you use? This free course will teach you about the differences between embedded and general-purpose computer systems, how to design and prototype your projects, and how to create robust design documents. You’ll take part in practical activities to decompose problems, write algorithms to develop your ideas, and apply an iterative design process to help you create a better product. This three-week course also contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want.

Skip to 0 minutes and 38 seconds So whether you’re a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about design and physical computing, this course will help you understand the key characteristics of embedded systems and bring your projects to life. Sign up now at rpf.io/embeddedsystems.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Examining embedded systems

    • Introduction

      An introduction to the course, and a chance to meet the course educators and your fellow learners

    • What is a computer system?

      How are embedded systems different to general purpose systems?

    • Smartwatches - a use case

      Learn more about a specific type of embedded system: a smartwatch.

  • Week 2

    Applying a design process

    • Welcome to week 2

      Welcome to week 2!

    • Real-time computing

      Learn more about real-time computing.

    • Applying a Design Process

      Iterating on the design of an algorithm, to improve a function of your embedded system

    • End of week 2

      A review of the week

  • Week 3

    Product design and manufacture

    • Welcome to week 3

      Welcome to week 3!

    • Product design

      Applying the design lifecycle to a product, rather than an algorithm

    • Manufacturing your device

      What do you need to consider to take a device from a prototype to a manufactured product?

    • Everything is connected

      Learn about how modern embedded systems are more powerful because they can talk to each other.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Compare embedded systems to general-purpose systems
  • Investigate the design of a smartwatch as an example of an embedded system
  • Apply a design process to both an algorithm and a whole product
  • Develop a prototype of an embedded system

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers delivering lessons on embedded systems in the classroom, at a GCSE level or equivalent.

This course will also be of interest to those with some experience of physical computing who want to move on to creating their own products.

Who will you learn with?

MrC is a teacher, maker, hacker & an avid breaker of stuff. (He usually breaks it better.) As one of the gizmologists at the RPF & part of MakeSpace Outreach Squad, he knows a thing or two about tech.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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