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  • 30th Annual Frontiers In Education Conference [front matter]

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):0_1 - 17
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):18 - 23
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  • Goodearl and Aldred versus Hughes aircraft: a whistle-blowing case study

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2F/2 - S2F/7 vol.2
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    Whistle-blowing is a core topic for any "ethics" or "professionalism" course offered for IS/CS/CE/EE majors. This paper documents a real whistle-blowing case that is ideal for use in teaching. The incident is set in the computing industry, specifically in the supply of micro-electronic chips for use in safety-critical systems. The incident is well documented, with decisions in both a criminal case... View full abstract»

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  • Hardware dissection in computer science as a tool to improve teamwork

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1C/12 - S1C/16 vol.2
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    In our subject: “File Organization and Processing”, a classical computer science subject, we decided to introduce a floppy disk drive hardware dissection in order to motivate students with a different type of work, a true engineer's work as it is perceived by society. We asked teams to disassemble, reassemble, explain the working principles, compare, and write an assembly-disassembly m... View full abstract»

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  • A junior course in engineering design and society

    Publication Year: 2000
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    As part of an NSF grant, the College of Engineering at the University of Hartford is developing an interdisciplinary course in engineering practice. The purpose of the course is to introduce engineering students to the factors such as impact on society, political concerns, cultural concerns, that significantly affect their engineering design process, but are traditionally not part of a quantitativ... View full abstract»

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  • Experience in teaching a graduate course in mobile computing

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1C/6 - S1C11 vol.2
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    The need for “information anywhere anytime” has been a driving force for the increasing growth in Web and Internet technology, wireless communication, and portable computing devices. The field of mobile computing is the merger of these advances in computing and communication with the aim of providing seamless and ubiquitous computing environment for mobile users. Mobile computing envir... View full abstract»

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  • Using a real-life setting to combine social and technical skills

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F4C/6 - F4C/9 vol.2
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    Our students are highly competent in the technical area, but have little training in the non-technical area. This paper describes a course that is designed to increase the students' ability to apply their technical skills in a professional way. Projects with real, low in IT skills, users are used to make the issue of being professional concrete. The aspect of communication, both between colleagues... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching reliability engineering to working engineers

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2E/14 - F2E/19 vol.2
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    The paper presents the components and design philosophy used to develop a graduate-level reliability engineering course, EE 497, that is currently being delivered to students at a distance. CD based lectures with Mathematica(R) interactive tutorials and online discussions are interwoven to provide students with a rich environment for learning the complex concepts and procedures common to reliabili... View full abstract»

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  • Laboratories teaching concepts in microcontrollers and hardware-software co-design

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1C/1 - S1C/5 vol.2
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    Hardware software co-design is becoming increasingly important to the embedded systems industry. It will soon be fundamental to digital systems design. As such, students in electrical and computer engineering and in computer science should be introduced to hardware-software co-design early in their undergraduate education. We are designing laboratory modules which introduce concepts of hardware-so... View full abstract»

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  • “Thinking inside of the box”: retention of women in engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2F/13 - F2F/16 vol.2
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    The paper describes a current effort at Penn State Altoona to address the issue of low retention of women in science and engineering. This effort also is designed to contribute to the long-term advancement of women in these fields throughout their careers. The approach taken is to challenge women students to recognize their beliefs and self perceptions regarding their relationship with engineering... View full abstract»

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  • Measuring the intellectual development of students using intelligent assessment software

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2G/1 - F2G/5 vol.2
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    Most methods currently available to measure intellectual development in college students are either unreliable or prohibitively expensive and time consuming. To circumvent these difficulties, we have developed Cogito, a software package which used a neural network to find patterns in “noisy” paper-and-pencil data and relate them to the Perry or Reflective Judgment models of intellectua... View full abstract»

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  • Cross-functional teams used in computer science senior design capstone courses

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F4C/1, F4C/3 - F4C/5 vol.2
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    Traditionally, computer science curricula focus on teaching technical content, either ignoring the importance of interpersonal communication or relegating it to separate courses with no integration of communication and technical skills. Thus, students get little practice with communication of technical information and even less appreciation for its importance. For the past several years one of the... View full abstract»

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  • Electronics education system for non-electronic engineers

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2E/8 - F2E13 vol.2
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    The article describes a CAL system for electronics education of non-electronic engineers. Our system uses hypermedia combined with simulation and electronic modules to achieve a complete education about the capabilities of electronics as a tool to improve the efficiency of industrial processes including mechanics, fluidics, etc View full abstract»

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  • Role of consulting engineering experiences for civil engineering technology faculty and other engineering educators in the next century

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F3F/21 - F3F/24 vol.2
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    Remaining current in one's field is a requirement for promotion and tenure in engineering and engineering technology faculty positions. Technology and engineering, however, are changing at an ever-increasing pace. In the next century, engineering educators will be challenged to keep up with an increasing number of new developments within their fields of expertise. Research and industrial experienc... View full abstract»

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  • UV151: a simulation tool for teaching/learning the 8051 microcontroller

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F4E/11 - F4E/16 vol.2
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    Teaching/learning microcontrollers in the laboratory has been traditionally carried out using general purpose simulators and/or evaluation boards. In-circuit emulators are not widely used because of their high cost. This paper presents UV151, a software tool developed for teaching/learning the 8051 microcontroller in the laboratory and/or the classroom. UV151 includes an assembler, a multimicro si... View full abstract»

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  • Developing a Web-enhanced course: a case study

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S1B/18 - S1B/22 vol.2
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    This paper presents a case study on the incorporation of Web-based teaching tools into a senior level engineering course on solid waste management. This course was originally taught with two 75 minute weekly sessions in the traditional lecture and chalkboard format. The class progressed over seven semesters to become a Web-enhanced course which met once per week for 75 minutes. The primary phases ... View full abstract»

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  • Development of integrated learning modules for engineering technology students

    Publication Year: 2000
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    This paper describes a project currently in progress at Penn State Altoona. The project deals with the development of learning modules which will integrate various concepts from physics, mathematics, and engineering technology to provide students with a clear understanding of the usefulness of physics and mathematics in real-world engineering problems. Case studies derived from real-life situation... View full abstract»

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  • Physiological parameters and learning

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2B/7 - S2B11 vol.2
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    Whilst much attention is paid to the quality and the avenues of presentation of educational material, there seems to be little consideration given to human physiological processes of information ingestion and assimilation when planning the educational experience. Human visual and aural information input is highly compressed in a lossy process. Subjective perceptions relating to past experiences ar... View full abstract»

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  • Including engineering students

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F2F/5 - F2F12 vol.2
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    The recruitment and retention of engineering students is a challenging process. Few students are choosing engineering as a major upon entry to college and over half of those who begin engineering do not graduate with an engineering degree. Research has shown that the sense of belonging or being “included” is a major factor in the retention of engineering students. Among the factors of ... View full abstract»

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  • Different is good: barriers to retention for women in software engineering

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):90 - 93
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  • Syntax error analysis as a problem solving technique

    Publication Year: 2000
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    Traditional problem solving in technical courses involves a problem statement followed by extracting a given and required from the verbiage. A detailed solution then follows. This is not the only form of problem students will encounter in industry. Often the industrial problem has a solution but an error is present in the result. Debugging the solution then becomes a new problem requiring a differ... View full abstract»

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  • Utilizing rapid prototyping to enhance undergraduate engineering education

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):F3C/1 - F3C/4 vol.2
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    Rapid prototyping is a term used to describe a group of fabrication processes that are used to quickly create physical prototypes from CAD solid model data. University operated rapid prototyping equipment is often being used as part of research efforts or for the purpose of training students how to use rapid prototyping equipment. However, rapid prototyping technologies are also starting to be use... View full abstract»

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  • Incorporating VHDL into the digital curriculum

    Publication Year: 2000
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    Summary form only given. Traditional courses in digital design, especially in engineering technology, have focused on and used TTL logic integrated circuits in lecture and lab. It is still difficult to find a textbook suitable for a technology program that is not based on these chips. However, TTL is very rarely used in industry today. This work in progress report discusses the planned implementat... View full abstract»

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  • Assessment of the effectiveness of instructional technology in the CS introductory programming classes

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S2D/1 - S2D/5 vol.2
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    Many students with widely varying backgrounds are required to take an introductory programming course in computer science (CS). Mississippi State University has three courses in introductory programming that reach these concepts and differ only in the programming language that they use. Currently these courses are taught in a lecture only format with programming assignments required as part of the... View full abstract»

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  • Specification of learning trails in virtual courses

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):S3D/11 - S3D/15 vol.2
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    Lifelong learning and goal driven learning create new requirements for virtual online courses. The development of virtual courses is not just a technical challenge, but is also a didactic and pedagogic challenge. In order to cope with the requirements met by heterogeneous student groups of online courses, learning trails are classified, which guide students through a course in different ways. A le... View full abstract»

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