Fall 2020 - IAT 267 D100

Introduction to Technological Systems (3)

Class Number: 7790

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 19, 2020
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Completion of 21 units and IAT 167 and one of MATH 130, MACM 101, MATH 150, MATH 151, MATH 154, or MATH 157. Recommended: IAT 265.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Introduction to the core technologies and systems used in media-rich interactive environments, including computer hardware, operating systems, input and output technologies, networking and media. The concepts will be examined by working in a high-level media programming environment.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course provides students with an understanding of technological systems, with focus on computer systems. The basic concepts necessary to understand computer hardware and software are described. At the beginning of the course the basics of electricity and electric components are explained as a preparation for the hands-on workshop sessions.   Sensors are introduced and it is explained how they integrate with computer systems at the hardware and software levels. The microcontroller (Arduino platform) is a key topic and students learn how to write code for Arduino to communicate with external circuitry, including sensors. The Processing language is used to facilitate the communication between Arduino and the computer system. Students will learn to write code and develop circuits for systems that use either physical input or physical feedback, providing the user with a rich interactive experience, through the use of sensors, graphics and sound. Finally, the basic understanding of techniques for networking several systems to support complex media applications is explored, including socket programming and UDP and TCP protocols.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Course Objectives: The course will:
·         Develop a theoretical and practical foundation in the structure and operating principles of technological systems in general, with a focus on computer systems
·         Develop an understanding of various sensor devices by analyzing the underlying physical principles and example of use in applications
·         Study the Arduino platform, language and programming environment and the Processing programming language as used to communicate with Arduino
·         Learn how to develop practical interaction-rich applications consisting of computer systems and sensors using Arduino and Processing
·         Study basic principles of networks with emphasis on issues relevant to complex media applications  

Learning Outcomes: After completing this course, students will be able to:
·         Explain the relationship between computer hardware and software.
·         Understand how sensors integrate into computer systems through hardware and application development environment
·         Develop interactive applications involving the computer system communicating with sensors, Arduino and the Processing language.

Grading

  • Written assignments (individual) 10%
  • Participation (in-class questions, exercises, discussions) 10%
  • Quizzes (individual) 25%
  • Projects and practical assignments (pair and individual) 30%
  • Exam (individual) 25%

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Required - Arduino Electronics Kit. The required kit is available here: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/14556
Please order your own kit in advance, to allow sufficient time for it to arrive before the course starts. The kit is needed starting with the first week of classes. 

Reference Reading - “Physical Computing:  Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers” (2004) by Dan O'Sullivan, Tom Igoe; 1st Edition; Course Technology PTR ISBN: ISBN 9781592003464

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

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Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2020

Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).