#IT-02-11 Design and Prototype Embedded Computer Systems

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 9
  • Last Update September 25, 2020

About Course

Raspberry Pi Foundation


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.

Who will you learn with?

Mark Calleja

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

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.

What Will I Learn?

  • 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

Topics for this course

9 Lessons16h

Examining embedded systems?

An introduction to the course, and a chance to meet the course educators and your fellow learners
Welcome to the course00:01:45
Meet the team 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.

Student Feedback


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Given the value of knowledgeable guidance in the world of embedded programming this is a great introductory course.

This course basically covers everything that you need to get started with embedded development.

This is something which beginner's, like me, can trust on. Everything is explained clearly and in every possible detail.

It is a very user-friendly course and the content was well-taught. It isn't difficult even for a beginner. Highly recommended for anybody want to learn more about microcontroller.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • 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.