Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering George Mason University Volgenau School of IT & Engineering

General Information

Explores designing with single-chip microcomputers and microcomputer interfacing. Topics include role of microcomputers compared with microprocessors and other computers, microcomputer architecture and organization, real-time control issues, assembly language programming for control, design of control software, input/output methods, design tools, and available single-chip microcomputers. Students select project and design, and construct system including single-chip microcomputer and ancillary hardware to implement control system.

Lectures Monday, Wednesday 5:55 pm -7:10 pm in Enterprise 276Jens-Peter Kaps
Labs Monday 7:20 pm -10:00 pm in ENGR 3208Ahmad Salman
Tuesday 7:20 pm -10:10 pm in ENGR 3208Ambarish Vyas
Wednesday 7:20 pm -10:00 pm in ENGR 3208Ambarish Vyas
Thursday 7:20 pm -10:10 pm in ENGR 3208Jason Bales


  • Class Calendar: (pdf)
  • Syllabus: (pdf)


Dr. Jens-Peter Kaps
Office: Engineering Building, Room 3222
Email: jkaps'at'

Office Hours

  • Monday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Additional office hours are by appointment only (see the Contact page for how to setup an appointment).

Teaching Assistant

NameE-Mail Office Office Hours
Ahmad Salmanasalman'at'gmu.eduENGR-3208We 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ambarish Vyasavyas2'at'gmu.eduENGR-3208Tu 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm,
Sa 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jason BalestbaENGR-3208Th 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


  • ECE 445 Computer Organization (grade C or better)
  • ECE 332 Digital Electronics and Logic Design Lab (grade C or better)
  • and one of
    • CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming (grade C or better)
    • CS 222 Computer Programming for Engineers (grade C or better)


J. H. Davies, MSP430 Microcontroller Basics, Burlington, MA: Newnes, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7506-8276-3.

B. W. Kernighan, and D. M. Ritchie, The C Programming Language, 2nd Ed., Englewood Cliffs, NJ:Prentice-Hall, 1998, ISBN: 978-0-13-110362-7 (paperback).