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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Three-port oscillator design with PUFF

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):344 - 348
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    The principle of a very simple microwave oscillator circuit is explained using h-parameters with a first order MOSFET transistor model. A design procedure for the realization of this oscillator in microstrip (Euroboard, f=750 MHz) is presented in a step by step approach using the Caltech simulation and layout program PUFF 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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  • Reflections on the operation of large multidisciplinary projects in engineering, design and design management

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Multi-disciplinary product design teams are now an accepted project development tool in industry. Many advantages cited are: rapid prototyping, cost reduction and the design of a more marketable product. While multi-disciplinary teams are common in such environments, it is more problematical to offer students in higher education experience of working in such a team. A variety of difficulties are e... 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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  • 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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  • Optimal digital control of a laboratory-scale paper machine headbox

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):337 - 343
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    This paper describes the design of a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) digital-linear-quadratic-regulator (DLQR) control system for the headbox of a paper machine. The complete design procedure is described from development of a mathematical model of the nonlinear headbox system, through experimental identification of linear model, to demonstration of closed-loop system performance on a laboratory-s... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 spherical pendulum system to teach key concepts in kinematics, dynamics, control, and simulation

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The Rice Spherical PENDUlum Laboratory APparatus (SPENDULAP) is a rich teaching aid for senior and first year graduate courses in kinematics, dynamics, control and simulation. It consists of a free-swinging (unactuated) rigid pendulum mounted in a rotating frame. The frame rotates about an axis perpendicular to the pendulum swing axis and is driven by an electric motor. The SPENDULAP is attractive... View full abstract»

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  • A capstone computer engineering design course

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):288 - 294
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    This paper describes the senior computer engineering capstone design course at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of this course, three-student teams develop a complete 8-bit microprocessor using a hardware description language (VHDL) and implement their designs in a small FPGA. Programmed FPGAs are “booted” at the end of the course and tested for accuracy. Students also write... View full abstract»

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  • Techniques in a pseudocorporate environment [engineering education]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):255 - 260
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    This paper describes a strategy which was developed to effect desired behavioral change in a junior year electronics design laboratory course, corequisite to a second electronics course. Since any such strategy requires a schedule of reinforcement, the setting of the course was changed to that of a new employee orientation and probationary program with the instructor serving as Manager of Engineer... View full abstract»

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  • A common model for problem solving and program development

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):331 - 336
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    We present a domain-specific problem solving model to facilitate the study of programming. Specifically, we address how problem solving and programming can be closely integrated and taught to beginning students and what are the necessary knowledge and skills to enhance students' ability to become effective problem solvers and programmers. To accomplish this, we synthesized a common model for probl... View full abstract»

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  • Using PSpice 8.0 to teach digital logic

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s): 356
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  • Control tutorials for software instruction over the World Wide Web

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):237 - 246
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    The World Wide Web (WWW) has given educators unprecedented opportunities to provide information to students both within their own classes and around the globe. This paper describes the development and implementation of a set of Web-based tutorials for MATLAB, a popular computation and visualization software package. The potential impact of the WWW on pedagogical objectives is discussed, and the tu... 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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  • 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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  • Using the OMNeT++ discrete event simulation system in education

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The intent of this paper is to contribute to the teaching of computer networks, parallel and distributed systems and discrete event simulation by presenting a simulation system that is ideally suited for educational use. OMNeT++ is a C++-based discrete event simulator which uses the process-interaction approach. An OMNeT++ model consists of modules communicating by message passing. Modules can be ... View full abstract»

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