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Proceedings Frontiers in Education Conference

22-25 Oct 1988

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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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  • Teaching introductory courses in electrical engineering to engineering majors-new tools and context

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):76 - 80
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    In many engineering disciplines, students take introductory courses in electrical engineering. The aim is to acquire an understanding of basic principles and an ability to solve simple problems by first-order approximate analysis. The courses, however, are taught outside the context of a student's major field, and require special considerations. The environment, constraints, and shortcomings that ... View full abstract»

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  • The integration of new elements and the problem of generality level in electrical engineering teaching

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):424 - 429
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    Considers how to select and modify the level of generality in the syllabuses of courses in electrical engineering. This is done with respect to the methodology of teaching in general, and teaching measurement in particular: i.e., whether to start from general ideas and go toward details (top-down approach) or to start from details and go toward general ideas (bottom-up approach). A so-called syste... 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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  • APAP: a computer-based tool for analyzing data flow in arithmetic pipelines

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):250 - 254
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    The arithmetic pipeline analysis package (APAP), an interactive PC-based software package for simulating data flow within an arithmetic pipeline, is described. The package is designed for use by undergraduate and graduate students with background in computer architecture and parallel processing. It allows the student to design hardware and analyze its functionality without building the circuit. In... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Control labs for engineering technology today and the future

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):375 - 379
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    A description is given of the laboratories for the two electrical engineering technology courses currently taught at Purdue University, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Plans for future improvements are noted. The analog and digital control experiments for the 15-week laboratory accompanying the sophomore/junior-level (first) course in control systems and those accompanying the second control systems course ar... View full abstract»

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  • Computer software tools to assist the teaching of semiconductor device physics

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):293 - 296
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    Software developed at Villanova University that focuses on semiconductor material properties and concepts is described. Four computer programs are described that were developed to perform the following operations: (i) simulate crystal structures on a graphics terminal, (ii) display the position of the thermal equilibrium Fermi level as a function of temperature and doping density in a nondegenerat... View full abstract»

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  • Computers in the laboratory-an automatic data acquisition system

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):24 - 30
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    An automatic data acquisition system (ADAS) used by students in analog circuits and systems laboratories at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is described. The system uses an HP 9816 personal computer to control test instrumentation on each of five student laboratory benches plus a central demonstration port. The PC controls these eight pieces of test instrumentation using the IEEE 488 (HP-IB) ... 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 strategy for resolving the conflict between rapidly emerging technologies and slowly changing curricula

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):98 - 104
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    The strategy proposed would require the reduction of the amount of technical specialization in undergraduate engineering curricula. The foreclosure of narrow technical specialties beyond basics would leave fewer majors programs at the BS level in larger engineering schools and perhaps would lead smaller schools to offer only a basic single degree in engineering. The slots gained in the curricular ... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating a DSP system into a telecommunications laboratory

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):319 - 323
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    A description is given of the Signology SP-20 digital signal processor unit used for the senior-level Telecommunication Systems Laboratory at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. The unit consists of two input-signal channels with 20 kHz anti-aliasing filters and specialized DSP hardware (three Texas Instruments TMS 32010 microprocessor chips). The authors discuss typical laboratory applications... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics education for engineering and computer science students in the University of Michigan-Dearborn

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):65 - 69
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    The course objectives, contents, laboratory facilities, student projects, and experience gained in teaching are described for an industrial robotics course, a three-credit junior-level undergraduate elective course. The course objectives are directed towards introducing students to the basics of industrial robots with the following emphasis: the historical development of industrial robots and thei... 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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  • An LSI controller chip laboratory

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):369 - 374
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    Hand wiring of integrated-circuit (IC) chips is a skill most electronics teachers feel their students should experience. At the same time many compute interface circuits require 40 pin LSI (large-scale integration) chips plus numerous accessory chips, making hand wiring too time consuming for most laboratory sessions. To overcome this dilemma, a laboratory course was developed that enables student... 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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  • Applications of a low-cost level III interactive videodisc system for engineering education

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):118 - 122
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    An overview is presented of a low-cost level III system (consisting of a computer-controlled videodisc player) for improving instructional delivery. This system provides the capability of superimposing computer and video displays and allows for transmitting the display to a room full of ordinary television monitors. Application software that allows easy preparation of video-enhanced lectures and v... 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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  • 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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  • Using computer spreadsheets in engineering and education

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):238 - 243
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    A Lotus 1-2-3 template worksheet that does calculations and gives the results in their common graphical forms is described for use in two areas of machine design: calculations using the Mohr circle and fatigue failure design. The purpose of these spreadsheet templates is to relieve the user of many of the tedious tasks required to solve design problems. In both templates the ease of performing cal... View full abstract»

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  • Industrial involvement in undergraduate research: online determination of thermal properties of food materials

    Publication Year: 1988, Page(s):210 - 214
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    A description is given of an undergraduate research project, developed with the aid of an engineer in industry, involving the determination of thermal properties of several food materials. The objective was to instruct chemical engineering students at the sophomore level in research methodology. The students would determine the heat capacities and thermal conductivities of cocoa powder, whole milk... 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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  • 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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