Real Time Systems

Course code ELE3307

Many engineering systems today involve the integration of computer hardware and software in the form of embedded algorithms and device controllers, particularly those operating in real time.  This course aims to give you exposure to concepts related to real time systems and event driven programming, together with practical experience in the design of advanced engineering computer applications using low-level operating system functions and hardware devices.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.
  • Level 7  
    Credits 15 
  • Study type Trimester  
    EFTS 0.125  
  • Availability
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 enrol by 16 Jun 2019 to start 15 Jul 2019
  • Delivery type
    2019 :  
    Trimester 2 2019 Online/Print   
  • Workload

    Allow approximately 8-9 hours study time per week for each 15 credit course. Your workload may be higher around assessment due dates or exam time.

  • Fees
    2019 :  
    NZ students $738 + $60 annual administration fee
    International students N/A + $60 annual administration fee
  • Prerequisites    

    If you need to discuss prerequisites for this course contact us

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • discuss the concept of event driven control in real time systems;
  • create real time system specifications utilizing design techniques and tools;
  • create real time kernels including polled loop, interrupt driven, state driven and phase driven code;
  • design, create, compile and evaluate C programs;
  • create and utilize algorithms and data structures;
  • design and implement software solutions requiring multiple processes and/or threads, inter-process communications and synchronization to meet the requirements of a real time system specification.


40% internally assessed

60% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.


No textbooks are required for this course