Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Present the typical life-cycle models for developing embedded systems; both sequential models and agile ones
2. Apply a variety of requirements engineering methodologies for specifying embedded systems
3. Apply commonly used design specification techniques for embedded systems
4. Select and tailor appropriate testing schemes for embedded hardware/software systems
5. Describe a set of effective performance analysis techniques for real-time systems
6. Justify/criticize technology forecasts on the future of real-time systems hardware, software, and applications

Credits: 5

Schedule: 14.01.2022 - 12.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jorma Kyyrä, Udayanto Atmojo

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Requirements engineering methodologies, software design approaches, performance analysis techniques, testing and fault tolerance, envisioning the future of embedded systems.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, debates, homework assignments, mini project, final examination. The final grade is homework assignments ~10%, mini project ~40%, and the final examination ~50%.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching (lectures, debates, exercises, and examination) 51 h, personal study effort (preparing for lectures/debates, reviews after lectures, homework assignments, review before the examination) 50 h, group collaboration (mini project) 30 h; total 131 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    P. A. Laplante and S. J. Ovaska, Real-Time Systems Design and Analysis: Tools for the Practitioner, 4th Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2012, Ch. 5 Ch. 9. (e-book available for Aalto students from
    Lecture slides and other e-handouts.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-IV

    2021-2022 Spring III-IV

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.