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Mathematical Problems in Engineering - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 236749, 8 pages -

Research ArticleDepartment of Computer Engineering and Automation, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte UFRN, 59078-970 Natal, RN, Brazil

Received 24 April 2015; Accepted 16 June 2015

Academic Editor: Zhen-Lai Han

Copyright © 2015 Marcelo A. C. Fernandes. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a project-based learninglaboratory for the teaching of embedded systems. Themain objectives are to encourage students studying theembedded systems course in developing hardware solutionsfor real engineering problems and to include aspects ofother courses studied within the academic programmes. One of the aims of project-based learning PRBL isto integrate different courses in the achievement of acommon objective, within a multidisciplinary course of theacademic programme. In the present case, this moduleis the final project of the embedded systems course. The project in question concerns a temperature controlsystem for an industrial drier, equipped with a remotesystem for configuration and data acquisition. The designof the drier, as well as elaboration of the entire electronicsystem involving drivers and sensors, was undertaken bythe students using a kit with a microcontroller specificfor the development of embedded systems. The resultsof opinion surveys conducted with the students followingimplementation of the PRBL proposal were used to validatethe procedure. Full details of the development andresults of the project are provided, with the aim of assistingprofessors and students of similar courses.

Author: Marcelo A. C. Fernandes



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