Dedicated Embedded Computer Systems and Internet of Things

STUDY PROGRAM: 23 – Dedicated Embedded Computer Systems and Internet of Things

Duration: 1 year

ECTS points: 60 ECTS

Degree: Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies with Major in Dedicated Embedded Computer Systems and IoT

 

If the Internet was a revolution, today we could safely conclude that it was just the beginning. Today the physical world is being completely re-invented and every industry is being affected. Living in the era of technology and daily technology improvements, learning about modern devices and complete hardware software systems of today that are usually dedicated to solving everyday, no matter how big or small, problems of humanity, is an extremely hot topic. We are getting used very quickly to small useful amenities not existing in our lives just several years ago. All of this is being provided by special devices or things that are making the lives of human beings easier and faster. They could be versions of common objects surrounding us, or new and purpose-built devices for functions not yet realized. So, building such purpose-built (dedicated) devices is the first focus of the proposed study program. On the other hand, a vast amount of these devices are being able to serve their purpose only if they have a way to gather and send data somewhere for  processing, presenting information, making decisions, as well as doing something. This is where the second focus of the proposed study program comes into place – communication.

ObjectivesIIIDouble degree possibility

If the Internet was a revolution, today we could safely conclude that it was just the beginning. Today the physical world is being completely re-invented and every industry is being affected. Living in the era of technology and daily technology improvements, learning about modern devices and complete hardware software systems of today that are usually dedicated to solving everyday, no matter how big or small, problems of humanity, is an extremely hot topic. We are getting used very quickly to small useful amenities not existing in our lives just several years ago. All of this is being provided by special devices or things that are making the lives of human beings easier and faster. They could be versions of common objects surrounding us, or new and purpose-built devices for functions not yet realized. So, building such purpose-built (dedicated) devices is the first focus of the proposed study program. On the other hand, a vast amount of these devices are being able to serve their purpose only if they have a way to gather and send data somewhere for  processing, presenting information, making decisions, as well as doing something. This is where the second focus of the proposed study program comes into place – communication.

Mandatory courses
CodeTitleECTSNo of classes per weekTotal necessary time (hours)
3ФЕИТ07022АTechniques for HDL Design and FPGA Implementation63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07012АOperating Systems and Drivers63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07017АSensor, Wireless and Mobile Computer Networks and Systems63+0+0+3180
Elective course 163+0+0+3180
Elective course 263+0+0+3180
Total3015+0+0+15900
Elective courses
CodeTitleECTSNo of classes per weekTotal necessary time (hours)
3ФЕИТ07020АSoftware for Dedicated Computer Systems and Networks63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07006АDedicated and Contemporary Computer Networks63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07016АDesign of Smart IoT Devices63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07023АTechniques for Designing Dedicated Computer Systems63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07001АSecurity and Reliability of ComputerCommunication Systems63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07003АInternet of Things63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07021АIoT Standards and Protocols63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07011АProcessing Sensor Data in IoT63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ07007ADedicated Processors63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ05014AProgramming Embedded Systems in ‘C’63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ05026AContemporary Microcontrollers for Embedded Systems Design63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ05012AFrom Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ08028AStochastic Processes63+0+0+3180
3ФЕИТ10036ACoding Theory and Secure Communications63+0+0+3180
Mandatory courses
CodeTitleECTSNumber of classes per weekTotal necessary time (hours)
ФЕИТ00АMaster thesis200+0+0+20600
Elective courses
ФЕИТ23АResearch project in the field of Dedicated Embedded Computer Systems and IoT60+0+0+6180
Elective course from the UKIM list of available courses42+0+0+2120
Total302+0+0+28900
Suggested elective courses from the UKIM list
ФЕИТ201АInnovation and Transfer of Technologies42+0+0+2120
ФЕИТ202АStrategic Planning for Telecom and Internet Innovations42+0+0+2120
ФЕИТ203АApplied Support Schemes for Renewables and Energy Efficiency42+0+0+2120

DOUBLE DEGREE POSSIBILITY

According to the several years long cooperation between the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and IT from the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje and the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany, this Master study program being submitted for accreditation in R. Macedonia, has been devised according to mutual interests, comprising study, research and industry cooperation. Thus, prospective students at this Master Study Program at FEEIT could qualify for earning a Double Degree according to European practices and laws. In order for the Double Degree mechanism to be set in place, a separate bilateral Agreement for development and realization of the Double Degree program has to be agreed upon and signed between the Rectors of both Universities.

In order to qualify for a Double Degree, students have to fulfill both requirements: spend one semester abroad at HSA (or UKIM/FEEIT for students enrolled at HSA, Germany) earning 30 ECTS CP; and defend their Master Thesis in front of a joint defense committee comprising of one supervisor from each side. The theme for the research work on the Master Thesis has to be approved by coordinators of the Double Degree Program in each of the Universities, appointed by the bilateral Agreement between the Universities. An individual student is provided with an appointed supervisor for the final qualification paper in each of the Universities, and the Committee for defense of the Master Thesis has to comprise both supervisors. The procedure for Master Thesis registration and approval from all relevant University bodies has to be fulfilled according to local rules on both sides.

Graduates of the Double Degree Program must defend their final qualification paper (Master Thesis) in each of the Universities, or alternatively a videoconference can be used to manage the joint work of the evaluation commission in both Universities. The Master Thesis has to be written and defended in English language.

Failing to accomplish any of these requirements, the students enrolled at each side that fulfill local prerequisites and manage to successfully defend their Master Thesis would qualify only for local Master Degree and Certificate.

Table 1 – Proposed Structure of study for UKIM / FEEIT Students

Structure of Study for UKIM / FEEIT students
Semester 1 (8th semester)

UKIM / FEEIT students get 30 ECTS CP recognized at HSA from their undergraduate studies

30
Semester 2 (9th semester)

UKIM / FEEIT students study abroad at HSA and earn 30 ECTS CP

(joint semester – both groups of students study at HSA)

3030
Semester 3 (10th semester)

UKIM / FEEIT students study at home at FEEIT and earn 30 ECTS CP

(including the joint Master Thesis)

3030
TOTAL90 ECTS

for HSA

60 ECTS

for UKIM/FEEIT

Structure of study

Having in mind the nature of Double Degree study programs, and the different organization of Undergraduate and Master Study programs at HSA and UKIM/FEEIT, in order for the students to be able to earn the necessary ECTS credit points and qualify for the Master Diploma at both sides, the studies would have to comply to the following rules.

To qualify for a Master Degree, the students studying at HSA have to earn 90 ECTS credit points (equivalent to three semesters), while at UKIM/FEEIT the students have to earn 60 ECTS credit points (CP) (equivalent to two semesters) and can enroll at the Master Study Program (9th semester) only if they have already earned 240 ECTS CP.

We have considered mobility of students both ways, and the proposed structure of study for UKIM / FEEIT students is presented in Table 3, while the proposed structure of study for HSA students is presented in Table 4.

Table 2 – Proposed Structure of study for HSA Students

Structure of Study for HSA students
Semester 1 (8th semester)

HSA students study at home at HSA and earn 30 ECTS CP

30
Semester 2 (9th semester)

HSA students study at home at HSA and earn 30 ECTS CP

(joint semester – both groups of students study at HSA)

3030
Semester 3 (10th semester)

HSA students study abroad at FEEIT and earn 30 ECTS CP

(including the joint Master Thesis)

3030
TOTAL90 ECTS

for HSA

60 ECTS

for UKIM/FEEIT