Basics of programming microcontroller

level of course unit

first cycle

Learning outcomes of course unit

• Students will be able to read, modify and create (Arduino) programs.
• Students will be able to apply basic functions and commands from C/C++ programming language such as loops, control structures, definitions, etc.
• Students understand how to used Arduino/ESP8266 with sensors and actuators.
• Students can build simple electronic circuits with LEDs, sensors, motors and Arduino/ESP8266.
• Students learn the basics for getting started with the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Home

prerequisites and co-requisites

No mandatory requirements
Basics of electrical engineering (Ohm's law) is preferable.
Interest in microcontroller, programming, leds, sensors (temperature, humidity, distance) -> Internet of Things

course contents

• Introduction of microcontrollers in particular Arduino and ESP8266 (ESP32).
• Introduction of various sensors for measuring temperature, humidity, brightness, distance.
• Introduction of different actuators like DC motor, servo motor, LEDs, buzzers and displays.
• Building circuits on a breadboard
• Edit and complete existing Arduino programs
• Develop your own Arduino programs and project

recommended or required reading

No required reading

assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation of participation and submission of own project

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures for introductions of the main topics and exercises for understanding and application. Project-based learning

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Markus Ehrlenbach, MSc

year of study


recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)


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