FYS4220 – Real Time and Embedded Data Systems

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

This course gives and introduction to the design of digital and embedded systems using programmable logic (FPGA technology). This includes hardware description language (VHDL), verification and testing of digital designs, implementation of embedded systems in FPGAs, and the basic properties of Real-time operating systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you will have knowledge of the basic building blocks and functionality of programmable logic devices
  • you will have knowledge of application areas for programmable logic devices
  • you will be able to design a basic digital system using a hardware description language like VHDL
  • you will be able to perform simulation and synthesis of digital systems for FPGAs
  • you will have basic knowledge of embedded and Real-Time operating systems, and be able to implement them on an FPGA

Admission to the course

A maximum of 30 students due to laboratory capacity.

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

FYS1210 – Elementary Electronics with Project Work and knowledge of at least one high-level programming language.

Knowledge of measurement technology (FYS3230 – Sensors and measurement technology (continued), FYS3231 – Sensors and Measurement Technology) and microprocessor technology (FYS3240 – Data Acquisition and Control) are also recommended.

Overlapping courses


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of teaching per week (2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of laboratory work).

This course has a project assignment, which must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


A project assignment must be completed and approved before you can sit the final exam.

  • Final oral or written exam (4 hours), which counts 100% towards the final grade. 

The form of the exam is decided by the number of students signed up for the course after the registration deadline.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9220 – Real Time and Embedded Data Systems

Please note a change in the mandatory work requirements from autumn 2020. Previous mandatory assignments will longer apply.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 20, 2020 1:11:39 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)