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This short note describes a unique approach to the introduction of microprocessors to undergraduates. The course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of electronics or computers, and is thus best suited to the first year class in all engineering and related disciplines. The course is very general in its discussion of microprocessors. A corresponding laboratory using a Z-80 evaluator is optional. The course was organized by the IEEE Student Branch and was given on a voluntary attendance basis. Attendance was high indicating keen student interest. Since the course did not require formal university approval and did not displace any existing course, it moved from idea to reality in the span of only a few months instead of years. This is felt to be a good means of dealing with the introduction of courses in fast breaking areas. It provides fast, short-term response, giving the university time to formally respond with long-range curriculum changes. It is hoped that in the long run, a similar course would be part of the first year curriculum of all engineering students.