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Effective Teaching of the Physical Design of Integrated Circuits Using Educational Tools

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3 Author(s)
Syed Mahfuzul Aziz ; Sch. of Electr. & Inf. Eng., Univ. of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA, Australia ; Etienne Sicard ; Sonia Ben Dhia

This paper presents the strategies used for effective teaching and skill development in integrated circuit (IC) design using project-based learning (PBL) methodologies. It presents the contexts in which these strategies are applied to IC design courses at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, and the National Institute of Applied Science (INSA), Toulouse, France. Collaborations among the faculty members of the two institutions have produced a set of learning resources and design tools to support the development of industry-relevant design skills and lifelong learning skills. At the pedagogical level, the emphasis is on the development of practical circuit design, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills rather than the mastery of complex circuit design tools. The courses enable students to learn about the most recent technological developments and their implications, using a set of user-friendly tools. The PBL methodologies, intuitive design tools, and latest technology models have consistently produced high levels of student satisfaction with the overall quality of the courses at the two institutions.

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:53 ,  Issue: 4 )