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Teaching design methodology and “industrial strength” EDA tools in a first-term freshman digital logic course

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1 Author(s)
D. V. Hall ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Portland State Univ., OR, USA

Perhaps contrary to popular opinion, this paper shows that it is actually quite easy and potentially very beneficial to introduce first-term freshman Electrical and Computer Engineering students to digital design methodology and state-of-the-art digital electronic design automation (EDA) tools. One major observed benefit is that this early exposure creates a high level of enthusiasm which helps students maintain their motivation while working through calculus, physics, circuits, general education, and other foundation classes. Another benefit is that later classes are greatly improved because students can build on the solid skill base developed in this first class. Also of importance, this early work with multiple-solution design problems and EDA tools often helps students decide if engineering is the right career choice for them

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IEEE Transactions on Education  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 1 )