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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 4 • Nov. 1999

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  • The philosopher's tree: a selection of Michael Faraday's writings complied [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 352
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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):1 - 3
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    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):3 - 9
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  • Developing and evaluating an organizational learning process to continuously improve teaching

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The contribution of this paper is a description and evaluation of an organizational learning teaching process for continuously improving the content and delivery of lectures within a course and the overall course. Other authors suggest using periodic feedback mechanisms. In this research, the organizational learning literature and a survey of students provide support for using a periodic end-of-le... View full abstract»

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  • Analysis of the differential amplifier with an active load

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The analysis and simulation of an emitter coupled differential amplifier with an active load is presented. In most books, the two halves of the differential amplifier are assumed to be identical. This assumption made to analyze the circuit leads to erroneous results. Here, the authors compare the simulation results with hand calculations to convince the readers about this very common error in the ... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing optoelectronics through automated characterisation of devices and virtual measurement software

    Publication Year: 1999
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    It is widely accepted that experimental work is essential for the student engineer. However, in the area of optoelectronics, the scope of many experiments has been limited by the issues of safety for the student, and the cost and complexity of the instruments and devices required. A step has been taken towards overcoming these limitations with the development of an integrated software environment ... View full abstract»

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  • Appealing analogies for aiding student's assimilation of some key physical concepts related to semiconductor devices

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):328 - 330
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    Appealing analogies are proposed to elucidate two important fundamental topics related to semiconductor devices, namely the carrier scattering in a crystal and the derivation of the diffusion capacitance of a p-n junction. The motion of an electron in a semiconductor crystal, according to Schrodinger's wave equation, is likened to that of a photon in a dielectric medium, such as glass, as per Maxw... View full abstract»

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  • Educational design of high-performance arithmetic circuits on FPGA

    Publication Year: 1999
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    In many courses of digital system design, a large amount of time is spent introducing the students to architectural and circuit design. A typical laboratory application is the design of arithmetic digital circuits. In the past, as a hardware platform for educational digital design, programmable logic arrays (PLAs) have been widely used. Today, the field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), seem to be... View full abstract»

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  • Simple unified elucidations of some semiconductor device phenomena

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):323 - 327
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    Unification is the quest of science. This paper elucidates unified perspectives of the topics, namely, semiclassical carrier transport in the bulk of a semiconductor and the capacitance of a p-n junction, clarifying the unifying features of drift, diffusion and thermoelectric currents in the former, and of the depletion and diffusion capacitances in the latter, to an extent not achieved in availab... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching programming concepts using an icon-based software design tool

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The authors have developed a Windows-based iconic detailed design tool named which allows the user to design a program with icons representing all the major procedural and object-oriented programming constructs and data structures within a syntax-directed environment. The user can then generate syntactically correct code for any one of several text-based languages. This tool was used successfully ... View full abstract»

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  • Digital implementation of a magnetic suspension control system for laboratory experiments

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):315 - 322
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    In this paper, a digital control experiment using a magnetic suspension system is described. Although the results presented are for a quadratic optimal controller, the control system configuration used can cope with more advanced real-time control algorithms. Practical issues concerning parameter identification, computer simulation, discrete-time implementation, use of a digital signal processor b... View full abstract»

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  • Freshman engineers' performance when solving design problems

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):281 - 287
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    Among the major changes that undergraduate engineering curricula are undergoing is the incorporation of design into freshman curricula. While the objective is to teach design so that students learn both engineering processes and content knowledge, the open question remains: to what extent can freshman engineering students learn to do design? To date, few studies have actually assessed acquisition ... View full abstract»

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  • Attracting women into engineering-a case study

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Women make up 52% of the population and 55% (1996) of all undergraduate students in Canadian Universities, yet only 21% of students enrolled in applied science and engineering programs are women. In 1991, Ryerson Polytechnic University initiated the “Discover Engineering” Summer Camp for high school girls. The objectives of the project are to educate young women about the challenges an... View full abstract»

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  • TransNet: the transportation research Internet cooperative

    Publication Year: 1999
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    TransNet is an experimental service that provides a model for the organization and electronic dissemination of transportation knowledge. TransNet is an Internet cooperative whose members are universities that have a demonstrated interest in transportation research and that have the necessary hardware, software and personnel to host a World Wide Web (WWW, or Web) site. TransNet provides the opportu... View full abstract»

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  • An undergraduate degree program for communication systems engineering

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):295 - 304
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    The increasing demand for skilled engineers in the fields of data communications and telecommunications industries called for the introduction of a new and unique undergraduate degree program for communication systems engineering. The methodology for determining the needs of this program, the formulation of its curriculum, a description of the communication systems engineer, and the student reacti... View full abstract»

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  • New methods for computing interpolation and decimation using polyphase decomposition

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):311 - 314
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    There are many applications in communication systems where the sampling rate must be changed. Interpolators and decimators are utilized to increase or decrease the sampling rate. Computationally efficient implementation of interpolators and decimators employ polyphase decomposition. In this work, the authors present new methods for performing decimation or interpolations similar to the way numbers... View full abstract»

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  • Applications of dynamic data analysis: a multidisciplinary laboratory course

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):276 - 280
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    This paper describes a junior-level multidisciplinary laboratory course centered around industrial applications of dynamic data acquisition and analysis. The course was developed with funding from an NSF Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement (ILI) grant and is offered as a NSF Foundation Coalition (FC) course. It is also open to traditional aerospace, electrical, industrial, and mechanical en... View full abstract»

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  • A pedagogical approach to database design via Karnaugh maps

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):261 - 270
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    The study of normalization is a fundamental topic that is covered in most introductory database courses taught by departments of Computer/Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The typical pedagogical approach to normalization presents several classical algorithms, which are based upon the application of axioms and lemmas for manipulating functional dependencies, that can be used in the proc... View full abstract»

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  • Computer-aided implementation of graphical root locus design recipes

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Root locus design is an inherently iterative process by which the poles and zeros of a system are selected to provide a desirable time response. However, trial and error can be greatly reduced using graphical design recipes. With the advent of computer-aided design (CAD) tools, most of the graphical recipes lost their appeal. The authors provide procedures for the computer implementation of graphi... View full abstract»

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  • Information technology enhanced learning in distance and conventional education

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):247 - 254
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    The rapid growth of the Internet and the media-rich extensions of the World Wide Web allow new developments in the way instructors transfer knowledge to their students. There is no doubt that nothing will replace synchronous learning through face to face interaction but it is sometimes not feasible for students to attend conventional classes due to distance or time constraints. This paper presents... View full abstract»

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  • Hypermedia: a tool for teaching complex technologies

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Present technological solutions tend to become very complex, interrelated and difficult to characterize systems, thereby giving rise to what we name “complex technologies”. Complex technologies have a lot of related concepts comprising a large number of nonexcluding or excluding subconcepts. Complex technologies education is usually based on the analysis of specific devices from differ... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching digital systems in the South Africa context

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper describes the structure of digital and computer system curricula at a university in South Africa and shows how programmable logic is successfully applied in an environment where ASIC designs are not yet feasible. Programmable logic is used in the courses for rapid prototyping of much more complex digital structures, much quicker and easier, than in the past. VHDL is used to describe dig... View full abstract»

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  • Poles and zeros in transistor amplifiers introduced by Miller effect

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):349 - 351
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    In most courses, an easy explanation of the influence of feedback capacitance connected between collector and base (or drain and gate) of a transistor is usually done using the Miller effect approach. While input capacitance is correctly presented and the dominant pole deciding about the cutoff frequency calculated, the zero and the second pole of the transfer function are not given. In this contr... View full abstract»

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  • Undergraduate research and intellectual property rights

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):233 - 236
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    Most universities today have developed intellectual property policies which clearly establish ownership rights in any commercially valuable process developed by professors and graduate students in a university laboratory. Increasingly, undergraduates are also being encouraged to take an active part in research since this often encourages them to go on to graduate school. It is also, in itself, a v... View full abstract»

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  • ClassWise: synchronous Internet desktop education

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper reports the results of a five-year effort to develop an effective system for teaching distant students via the Internet, where the students are able to participate synchronously in class as contrasted to the more common asynchronous, Web-based “distance learning” approach. The authors have developed a system consisting of effective teaching practices and a practical family o... View full abstract»

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