This course is an introduction to the basic hardware and software elements in the design of modern microcontroller-based systems.  The emphasis is on designing system-level solutions to engineering problems using both hardware and sofware components.  The accompanying laboratory provides hands-on experience on designing microcontroller-based solutions for various applications. Since the lecture and laboratory are closely related, enrollment in both is mandatory.

General Class Information

     Lecture times: 

          Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00--5:45 PM, Engineering 2 Room 194

          Final Exam:  Thursday, June 9, 8:00 - 11:00 AM

     Lab Sections (Bakin Engineering 161):

         Mondays, 10:00 PM - 12:00 Noon

         Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

         Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

         Fridays, 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

    Secondary Lab Sections (Baskin Engineering 161):

         Mondays, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Catherine)

         Tuesdays, 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon  (Catherine)

         Tuesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Dylan)

         Thursdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Dylan)

         Fridays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Tyler)


          Anujan Varma (varma at

          Phone: 459-3505

          Office: E2-221

          Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 AM - 3:00 PM

     Teaching Assistant:

          Sam Mansfield                                                 

          E-mail: smansfie at                                

          Office: Baskin Engineering 161                                  

          Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM                           


     Readers and Tutors:

        - Dylan Del Castillo
         E-mail: ddelcast at
       -  Tyler Reed
          E-mail: tylreed at
       - Catherine Grizzell
          E-mail: cgrizzel at


  1. CMPE 12/L
  2. CMPE 100/L
  3. EE 101/L
  4. CMPE 13/L

Knowledge of C programming is required for the lab exercises.

Evaluation Criteria

     Homeworks: 10 percent
     Midterm: 15 percent
     Final: 15 percent
     Lab assignments:  30 percent
     Lab project: 20 percent
     Quizzes: 10 percent


You must attend one lab section every week. You will be assigned 5 to 6 lab exercises over the quarter. You will carry out the exercises individually, and must prepare and submit the reports. Exercises will be posted one week in advance.

Note that CMPE 121 and 121L are part of the same course.  You will receive the same overall grade for both.

Lab Project

A lab project will be assigned after you have completed all the lab exercises. The projects must be done individually.

Class Forum

Please use the Forum to  ask questions related to the course, instead of sending e-mail.  This will enable us to respond to your questions in a timely manner.  

Academic Integrity

All work submitted, including homework solutions, must be your own. Any unauthorized collaboration will be treated as a violation of academic integrity and handled according to University policies (see Academic Misconduct Policy for Undergraduates for details).

Course Schedule and Syllabus


Midterm Study Guide


 Lecture Notes

 Lab Exercises

Lab Project

Lab Resources