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Integrating MATLAB/Simulink technical computing environment into engineering education pedagogy in Ghanaian Universities: — A case study for University of Ghana, Computer Engineering Department

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4 Author(s)
Sowah, R.A. ; Howard Univ., Washington, DC, USA ; Mills, G.A. ; Bremang, A. ; Armoo, S.K.

In this paper we proposed a joint model of simultaneous instruction with laboratory sessions to reinforce and enrich the learning experience so as to train better engineers able to compete globally. In accomplishing this, we integrated MATLAB/Simulink, the de facto standard for technical computing into the university curriculum for teaching four Computer Engineering courses namely Numerical Methods, Signals and Systems, Digital Control Systems and Digital Signal Processing during the 2010/2011 academic year at the University of Ghana. The course modules were developed in consultation with others and taught over the period of 13 weeks. The semester examinations consisted of laboratory and written exams sessions of three hours duration. After grading and collating of examinations results, it was clearly demonstrated by students that they have learnt the key requirements in engineering education. The statistics was staggering and interesting; for example 90 students registered the Numerical Methods, one withdrew due to ill-health and 89 students passed the seemingly difficult course with good grades.

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Adaptive Science & Technology (ICAST), 2012 IEEE 4th International Conference on

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25-27 Oct. 2012