Proceedings Frontiers in Education Conference

22-25 Oct. 1988

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  • Computer-based tutorial on microwave network analysis

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):135 - 141
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    A computer-controlled microwave vector network analyzer used in a microwave laboratory course is presented. After a description of the students' background and the equipment used, case study results are described for a group of students that participated in the computer-directed laboratory experiments. The system used can be considered as simply a program to control the network analysis system, wh... View full abstract»

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  • Making abstract engineering course content computer generated graphics and video tutorials: The development process

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):297 - 301
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    A description is given of the process involved in developing course materials to improve a course, nuclear engineering 405 (NE-405), in nuclear science and radiochemistry at Pennsylvania State University, College of Engineering. The five-stage course development process, including the required time and financial support, and the rationale for each stage of the process are discussed. The five stage... View full abstract»

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  • Video animation for education: a practical approach

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):291 - 292
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    A summary is presented of the most important tasks in producing animated videos for educational purposes. These tasks are first ordered into four categories: preproduction, production, postproduction, and distribution. The important steps or processes within each category are then noted View full abstract»

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  • Software-firmware design for 8088/8086 microprocessor based systems utilizing XT/AT compatible personal computers

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):448 - 453
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    Two approaches to software-firmware design techniques for generating read-only memory code for 8088/8086 microprocessor-based systems are presented. All the code-generation activities discussed can be centered around any XT/AT-type compatible personal computer. The first approach is to develop software exclusively in assembly language. The second approach is to develop software using the C languag... View full abstract»

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  • Learning to increase effective troubleshooting with an interactive expert system

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):285 - 289
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    A general overview is presented of an expert system design to replace advice from an instructor in digital logic circuit design at the level of small-scale-integrated components in a protoboard design. The expert system is available at all times to offer advice and answer students' questions on the topic. The interactive prototype system that has been implemented at the University of Connecticut i... View full abstract»

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  • Introduction of a new laboratory course: Computer Aided Electronic Circuit Design-Simulation

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):418 - 423
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    Based on his experiences with laboratory courses at Shinsyu University and at the Joetsu University of Education, the author believes that the introduction of a new laboratory course, `Computer Aided Electronic Circuit Design-Simulation', into the curriculum for upper-class undergraduates of the Electronic Engineering Department provides a deeper understanding of the foundations of electronics. Th... View full abstract»

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  • International opportunities for education society

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):471 - 476
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    A summary of laboratory projects observed at the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, follows a description of similarities between United States and international faculty in the areas of accreditation and promotion Several ways for US faculty to establish contact with other institutions and to assist in an appropriate way are suggested View full abstract»

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  • Application of LabVIEW in higher education laboratories

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):444 - 447
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    The LabVIEW software system, which builds instrumentation applications on the Apple Macintosh, is described. Application programs are called virtual instruments (VIs). A VI consists of a front panel and a block diagram. The front panel has ready-to-go controls such as graphs, knobs, and switches. The users selects, moves, and sizes these controls to define a user interface. Behind the front panel ... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial participation in a VLSI course using video audio, and data communication: evaluation and experimental results

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):221 - 228
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    The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering is one of 13 engineering schools participating in an NSF-sponsored project. The authors describe one project that uses innovative instructional methods for bringing industrial practicing engineers into the classroom. These methods range from in-person lectures to live interactive satellite video links. Evaluation of these instructional proje... View full abstract»

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  • Design of a course in artificial intelligence and expert systems

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):279 - 284
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    A model is described for the design and implementation of a new senior-level engineering course for the introduction of artificial intelligence and expert systems. The course is intended to provide an introduction to the most important concepts of artificial intelligence within forty contact hours. Students in the course were required to complete a term project which typically involved the design ... View full abstract»

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  • An innovative design project for teaching analog IC design

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):412 - 417
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    After an overview of the electronic design sequence taken by electrical engineering majors at the United States Military Academy, a design project is described that gives students design experience in analog integrated-circuit topologies without the prerequisite of a full IC layout and fabrication course. The students design and build an operational amplifier circuit that has the power to drive an... View full abstract»

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  • Engineers react: what they think about psychology

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):466 - 470
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    Considers emerging themes concerning psychology in engineering education. The author argues that: (1) few engineering educators have formal training in the social science field of psychology-the level of awareness is compatible neither with the vast responsibilities of the engineering field nor with curricula decision making in the social sciences; (2) engineering educators question the relevance ... View full abstract»

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  • Circuit Master: turnkey software for the introductory electrical engineering curriculum

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):435 - 443
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    A turnkey software system for the introductory electrical engineering curriculum is described from a user's perspective. The system, Circuit Master, provides a structured, interactive, menu-driven environment that allows students to explore basic concepts in circuit and signal theory, without requiring a background in computer programming. The system's interactive user interface and unique visual ... View full abstract»

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  • English as a second language (ESL) for engineering graduate students: a cooperative project in technical communication

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):351 - 357
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    It is argued that those best qualified to evaluate international students' proficiency and offer instruction are specialists in ESL (English as a second language), technical communication, and teaching/learning and not the graduate engineering faculty. Engineering schools can involve these specialists by combining two approaches: (1) taking advantage of services offered by ESL and teaching program... View full abstract»

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  • The AFIT VHDL environment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):324 - 329
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    An overview is presented of the research into a UNIX-based very high-speed integrated circuit hardware description language (VHDL) toolset at the Air Force Institute of Technology. The toolset supports the new IEEE Standard VHDL (IEEE Std 1076-1987), utilizes standard UNIX utilities, and consists of an analyzer and simulator. A graphical front-end has been designed to run on personal computers. Gr... View full abstract»

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  • A capstone design course in EE

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):215 - 220
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    The electrical engineering capstone design course sequence offered at Montana State University is described. The author discusses the effort in implementing the sequence, and offers insights on the successes as well as the problems encountered. The three-quarter, six credit sequence is organized as follows: (a) a one-credit course whose purpose is to introduce the student to the design process and... View full abstract»

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  • A PC environment for discrete component digital design

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):245 - 249
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    A description is given of the implementation, operational experience and ongoing refinement of a computer-aided design tool for discrete component digital design in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the Air Force Institution of Technology. Specifically, a graphical user interface, simulation, and artificial intelligence technology are used to aid in the design of digital log... View full abstract»

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  • A new approach for teaching computer engineering laboratory using PLDS2

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):266 - 278
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    A brief overview of a development system, the Altera PLDS2 (programmable logic development system), is presented. The use of the PLDS2 in a laboratory course for digital logic design is reported to have made it possible for students to choose between TTL and CMOS-based EPLDs on the basis of cost effectiveness. The Altera PLDS2 is a complete hardware and software development system that enables the... View full abstract»

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  • On the frontiers of by background-It's my tool box [mechanical engineering project]

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):166 - 170
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    Because students bring their own set of experiences, values, and inquisitiveness into the classroom, a project was developed at the junior mechanical engineering laboratory at Western New England College to let the student apply expertise based upon the completion of one strength of materials course, one course in materials science, experiences in written communications as an individual and as a p... View full abstract»

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  • A local area network for laboratory use

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):20 - 23
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    In a student project for a senior level electrical engineering lab course, a local area network was designed and constructed. This network allows connection of up to 12 microcomputers to a single printer. The device automatically resolves conflicts when two or more users try to print files. The project format as well as the final design of the network are described View full abstract»

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  • Demonstration of digital circuit analysis in the classroom

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):407 - 411
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    Personal computer software presently used in a senior-level digital electronics design course is described. Dedicated computer solutions are written for classic circuits to decrease the solution time and provide an interactive program operation. In this way, various design choices are explored in real time during the classroom lecture and the dependence of the circuit performance upon component va... View full abstract»

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  • A microcomputer course for sophomore and graduate students

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):462 - 465
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    A graduate dual-level (senior/graduate) course on microcomputers is needed to provide a background for practicing engineers who did not have the opportunity to learn about microcomputers as undergraduates. The author has developed such a graduate microcomputer course, which was offered for the first time in the fall semester of 1988. It is almost identical to the existing sophomore core microcompu... View full abstract»

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  • A model curriculum for CAD

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):430 - 433
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    A model for a computer-aided design course is discussed for teaching undergraduate- and masters-level students in mechanical engineering. The discussions are presented from the point of view of a mechanical engineer. The author's view is that a CAD-based curriculum should include computer graphics/drafting finite-element methods, and design of machine components. Because computers can perform calc... View full abstract»

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  • VLSI design, computer science and engineering issues

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):338 - 342
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    The impact that very large-scale integration (VLSI) has had on engineering education and the acceptance of computer-aided design (CAD) tools for education are considered. Design automation algorithms for CAD tools are noted. The effects on university-industry relations are mentioned View full abstract»

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  • Local area network selection criteria for undergraduate laboratory implementation

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):31 - 35
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    A list is presented of fourteen important parameters to consider when selecting a local area network (LAN) for a LAN laboratory course. The parameters described are: LAN technology, LAN features, operation and use, network expandability, compatibility, obsolescence, administration, technical support, security, reliability, cost, installation, physical layout, and support equipment. The relative im... View full abstract»

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