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A One-Credit Hands-On Introductory Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering Using a Variety of Topic Modules

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10 Author(s)
Pierre, J.W. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY ; Tuffner, F.K. ; Anderson, J.R. ; Whitman, D.L.
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This paper describes a one-credit laboratory course for freshmen majoring in electrical and computer engineering (ECE). The course is motivational in nature and exposes the students to a wide range of areas of electrical and computer engineering. The authors believe it is important to give freshmen a broad perspective of what ECE is all about, and to shine some light on topics they will see later in the curriculum. Yet with limited total credit hours in the curriculum, the ECE Department did not want to commit a significant number of hours, nor did the Department want to take significant study time away from the students' core freshman courses, such as calculus and physics. The resulting single-credit-hour course meets only one day a week for two hours, with a format that combines both lecture and experimentation. The course is divided into a series of one- to three-week modules, each covering a selected topic in electrical and computer engineering. This paper describes the purpose, format, and content of the course. A survey of the students regarding the course is also discussed.

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:52 ,  Issue: 2 )