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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  • Incorporating electro-optics fundamentals into an undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):4 - 6
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    Various facets of the subject of electro-optics are described and ways in which the fundamental concepts of this field may be incorporated into an undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum are suggested. The topics considered to be fundamental material are: (1) the nature of the photon, (2) black body radiation, (3) the electromagnetic spectrum, (4) basic geometrical optics, (5) basic physic... View full abstract»

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  • Where do we fit quality science in engineering courses?

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):2 - 3
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    It is argued that more emphasis should be placed on teaching quality science in engineering schools. Examples of specific topics in an engineering program are given. These topics are: data analysis, product design, process design and control, and measurements. The topics which compose the body of knowledge, as defined by the American Society for Quality Control, for an engineer taking the Certifie... View full abstract»

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  • Lies, damn lies and statistics . . .: the use and abuse of business graphics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):363 - 367
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    After a brief review of the history of graphing data for analysis the authors give a general overview of business graphics. It is noted how, on microcomputers, business graphics programs have evolved through three distinct generations and are presently entering a fourth. First-generation graphing programs tended to be single-purpose and produced dot-matrix results. Second-generation graphing featu... View full abstract»

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  • A new integrated first-year core curriculum in engineering, mathematics, and science: a proposal

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):92 - 97
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    The development of a first-year curriculum in engineering, mathematics, and science using a formal problem-solving methodology is considered. The objective for the first-year curriculum is presented and the present solution to the problem is examined. An alternative solution is also explored. The alternative approach first decomposes the curriculum into generic concepts and then focuses the expert... View full abstract»

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  • Computer animation of time domain problems: the key to understanding

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):157 - 165
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    The authors discuss the philosophy and applications of computer-graphic animation of time domain problems with emphasis on electromagnetic problems involving Maxwell equations. Topics covered include the representation of both scalar and vector information as well as a brief summary of animation techniques. Examples of computer animations of electrodynamics problems are considered View full abstract»

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  • Graduate laboratory courses in microelectronics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):343 - 345
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    An overview is given of specific laboratory objectives for the Master's degree program of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the State University of New York, Binghamton. The program is a combination of a three-credit project and three one-credit graduate laboratory courses. Emphasis is on the laboratory course requirements in the microelectronics area. The five laboratory courses in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Stimulating students in the information processing field

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):358 - 362
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    The Japanese national examination system for young people aspiring to become information processing engineers is described. It is argued that this examination system, which sets out objectives and goal levels, provides the students with an incentive to study. Students are motivated to take the exam because if they pass, they are assured of a job in the software field. It is noted by way of example... View full abstract»

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  • A multiple-use audio-engineering laboratory

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):85 - 90
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    After describing the objectives of the audio engineering laboratory at Villanova University, the author discusses a major renovation carried out to support a multi-use laboratory program. Specific examples of uses are given, especially those affected since the renovation. Possible directions for future development are noted with the view that such a laboratory is better used in a spirit of innovat... View full abstract»

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  • Learning with meaning through marker events

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):193 - 199
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    A marker event is an event that is remembered well after the surrounding activity is forgotten. On the basis of interviews with students and faculty, as well as review of the educational literature, the authors have identified certain educational activities which have marker potential. It is argued that, properly used, these events increase the likelihood of a marker occurring for students in a co... 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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  • Student design projects using personal computers

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):302 - 306
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    An outline is given of a design-oriented course whose purpose is to involve students in the development of software tools implementing engineering and scientific computations using IBM personal computers. The goal of the course is to have the students develop software that can be used to improve the design content of other electrical engineering courses. An example is given of the use of the techn... View full abstract»

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  • A set of PC graphics related programs for electromagnetics students

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):149 - 156
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    A description is given of a number of computer-graphics-oriented electromagnetic fields packages that are taught in conjunction with an introductory electromagnetic fields course. This discussion focuses on four computer programs that support these topics. These programs are electrostatic and magnetostatic in nature with substantial reference made to field maps, their meaning, and what information... View full abstract»

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  • Digital control workstation

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):71 - 75
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    The digital control lessons and workstation used in the automatic controls course for electrical engineering majors at the United States Military Academy are presented. These digital control lessons culminate with the conversion of a conventional control design for implementation by a digital system. The control system is a lead compensator for a servo trainer configured for position control. Stud... View full abstract»

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  • Using programmable logic devices in the digital electronics laboratory

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):389 - 393
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    A report is given of how programmable logic devices (PLDs) can be applied in custom logic designs using inexpensive software and programming hardware and be effectively integrated into a digital laboratory. Purdue University's Electrical Engineering Technology program requires a two-semester freshman sequence in digital fundamentals. The first course covers combinational logic circuits and the sec... 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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  • 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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  • Forecasting the professional profile of technology students

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):105 - 111
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    Issues pertaining to initial placement and future career development for students in technology degree programs are discussed. It is argued that the success of technologist careers depends to a large degree on their own planning and initiative. Career development plans and programs need to be implemented by employers to facilitate the growth and professional development of technologists. Companies... View full abstract»

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  • The lesson system of problem oriented cooperation

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):171 - 176
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    The method used by the authors to teach problem solving to electrical engineering students is outlined. The emphasis is on using different kinds of educational forms, e.g., lectures, experimental lectures, exercises, fieldwork, excursions, etc. The students show what they have learned through the presentation of a seminar paper which is presented for public discussion (colloquium) at which profess... 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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  • How students learn: adapting teaching styles to learning styles

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):489 - 493
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    Instructors should adapt pedagogical methods to accommodate the widest possible variety of learning styles. What is needed is not a global change in teaching strategy but the systematic adoption of a small number of instructional techniques to cover all poles of the learning style dimensions. Studies are cited that suggest that the preparation time and class time needed to introduce these changes ... View full abstract»

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  • A model course on power electronics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):81 - 84
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    Two models are presented for a course in power electronics: (a) a one-semester course, and (b) a one-quarter semester course. The laboratory experiments to support the lectures are outlined. The importance of computer-aided design in solving nonlinear switching functions is discussed with respect to addressing design aspects of the courses View full abstract»

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  • Open-ended problem solving via punctuated dialogue

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):183 - 192
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    Concern over developing students' engineering-design skills prompted the authors to start teaching a foundation of problem formulation-and-modeling skills prior to the senior capstone design project. A description is given of an approach in use that involves the use of expanded problem statements in two classes (applications of operations research for civil and mineral engineering juniors, and for... View full abstract»

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  • Evaluating a personal computer requirement in a technical and liberal arts environment

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):497 - 500
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    A review is presented of recent work on understanding the educational and social significance of computers in campus life. Emphasis is placed on a study investigating precollege computer ownership as potentially relevant to the formation of attitudes toward computing. A common set of survey items developed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and Drew University faculties were administered to fr... View full abstract»

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