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Issue 3 • Date Aug. 1975

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  • Table of contents

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  • IEEE Education Group

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  • Electrical Engineering Education in Israel

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    The Israeli engineering educational system, though essentially based on European and American traditions, is influenced by the country's geographical, ethnic, political, and economic conditions. Besides the well-established Technion, the newer Tel-Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University are also offering degree programs in electrical engineering. The article discusses both academic and non-academic programs, including continuing education for engineers, and describes some characteristics of the Israeli EE student and the professional environment of faculty. View full abstract»

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  • Factors in the Evaluation of Instructors by Students

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    The evaluation of instructors by students through some sort of anonymous questionnaire is a procedure that has become established at many Universities. This produces numerical data that are used to classify the relative teaching effectiveness of instructors. Such instructor ratings have been collected over a four year period in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, Canada. These data were analyzed statistically to investigate the possible effects of factors other than classroom performance; such as, teaching a subject for the first time, teaching service courses in other departments, subject matter, level of research support, admission year of the class, and class size. The majority of instructors were indistinquishable, although a few others were consistently different from this majority. Some observations are made, from this experience, regarding the significance of questionnaire ratings, their use in the University system, and the improvement of the quality of teaching. View full abstract»

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  • A Course in Law and Technology

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    There has been growing interest in the interactions between law and technology as subject matter having potential utility for understanding modern society and for helping to resolve some of its difficulties. There has also been increasing interest in various "mastery" strategies as effective ways to organize and conduct courses. This paper describes a course in law and technology taught using selected features of mastery strategies modified to the unique needs of an interdisciplinary course and a very limited number of proctors. View full abstract»

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  • On the Use of the Computer for Teaching Communication Engineering

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    This paper reports on a pedagogic project on the use of the computer to aid in the teaching of communication engineering. The computer is integrated into the educational activities in several courses on different levels. The aim is to investigate the effect on the pedagogic process and to study how the computer could be most profitably used. An account is given of various computer activities with examples from courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The project is evaluated from both an educational and an economical point of view. View full abstract»

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  • An Electronic Systems Laboratory

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    This paper describes an undergraduate electronic systems laboratory which has been developed during the past year within the School of Electrical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The objective of this laboratory is to provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate tangibly in the laboratory the operation and interaction of discrete devices, integrated circuits, and electronic systems which he has studied or will study in the classroom. In this laboratory students perform experimentation on (a) the characteristics and applications of two basic linear ICs, the operational amplifier and anlog multiplier; (b) the operation of a successive-approximation type A/D converter and of a D/A converter; and (c) the synergistic operation of a A/D converter, D/A converter, and an operational amplifier along with other devices and subsystems to achieve a total system function. Relatively inexpensive test equipment is used which has proven quite reliable and easy to operate. Special purpose electronic system program (ESP) boards were specifically designed, constructed, and utilized to accomodate the approximately 200 students who yearly enroll in this laboratory. This paper describes the philosophy behind this electronic systems laboratory, discusses the test equipment and ESP boards utilized, and details the specific experiments performed. View full abstract»

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  • Educational Aspects of Minicomputer Applications

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    The increasing applications of minicomputers as components of engineering systems require the introduction of suitable courses into engineering curricula to allow students to incorporate computers in their designs in a knowledgeable manner. This paper describes a course which has been developed with this goal, and its developmental modifications which have occurred over the past several years. The course involves both lecture and laboratory work, organized to emphasize the properties of computer operation that must be understood to allow useful computer-augmented systems to be designed. It is felt that this description may be helpful for departments that are planning or developing similar courses. View full abstract»

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  • The Effects of Motivational Modes and Personality Types upon Academic Performance

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    Two main variables, student personality and environmental motivation, were measured and controlled for 43 second year engineering students, in a four week segment of an introductory course in Strength of Materials. The students were assigned to three classes to which three motivational modes were applied. Mental ability was randomized across the three classes. The personality variable was defined according to Harvey's four belief systems, which ranged from concrete system (1) to abstract system (4). Two motivational modes were defined, external (EM) internal (IM) motivation, which were applied in conjunction with programmed instructions (PI) material specially prepared for this study. The results of the study indicated that the more abstract students (system 4) responded significantly to the type of motivational environment employed, and that utilization of the IM mode for the benefit of abstract individuals is beneficial to other students as well, but to a nonsignificant extent. When both abstract and concrete personality characteristics are about equal in a student, the concrete component is dominant in determining his academic behavior. The existence of individuals with such combined personalities may suggest a potentially greater proportion of abstract individuals in the general population than is proposed by Harvey. Marks in this study provided more effective motivation than money. The measurement of belief systems may provide a means of identifying students with a low probability of success in engineering. View full abstract»

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  • Logical Development of Electronic Circuits from Specifications

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    Starting from a specific requirement, and logically deriving the circuits that meet it, is a method of teaching electronic circuits that is likely to be of interest to both teacher and student. As an illustration of the sugested procedure, electronic DC voltage regulator circuits are derived here. View full abstract»

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  • A University-Industry Approach to Continuing Education for Engineers

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    A cooperative university-industry approach to satisfying continuing education needs for engineers is presented. The effort involves the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Maine at Orono, and Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland, Maine. The program which results is a solution to a troublesome geographical problem since the industry is separated from the center of science and engineering education for the state by some 150 miles. This program includes courses offered in-house at Fairchild via a closed-circuit television-talkback system, a commuting professor and Fairchild engineers who have qualified for admission to the graduate faculty. A unique semester-on-campus grants the student-engineer a paid industrial sabbatical. Degree candidates culminate their M.S.E.E. program with a work-related thesis. However, the in-house courses, which are specifically designed to meet the joint requirements of the student and the industry, are open to all engineers, whether degree candidates or not. View full abstract»

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  • The Instructor as a Teaching Machine

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    A teaching method is presented which has been used successfully in both undergraduate and graduate courses. It is based on using printed class notes as programmed learning material. The material is used in class with the instructor taking the role of a teaching machine. Courses taught using the method are listed and further applications suggested. An example is presented from material developed for an electromagnetic fields course. View full abstract»

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  • Introducing Nonlinear Problems to Undergraduate Engineering Students

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    It is argued that preparing engineers for the challenging problems of present-day industry should involve the extension of homework problems to include realistic complications of nonlinearity and extensive use of the available computing facilities. This point of view has been illustrated through a simple Faraday's law problem of an electromechanical system that exhibits nonlinear effects if the resistance of the rails is taken into account. The procedure that is employed in this short note to solve the nonlinear equation is simple enough to be introduced at an undergraduate level for the engineering students. View full abstract»

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  • Faulty Analysis

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    A way to encourage a student to examine critically what he is reading is to give him a system analysis which contains some fault which leads to a false conclusion. The fault should be rather subtle and can be either a logical error or a bad assumption. Three examples are presented: (1) The magnetic rectifier, a coil which produces a dc component in the current when an ac voltage is applied. (2) The signal-to-noise ratio amplifier, a circuit for a communication receiver which improves the signal-to-noise ratio by 3 db. (3) A single-phase-to-three-phase converter, a device which produces a three-phase output with a single-phase input voltage. View full abstract»

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  • Measurement and Evaluation Methods of Response Time for Programmed Instruction

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    New measurement and evaluation methods for an instructional program are introduced. The traditional program evaluation has been based on student performance for frame responses and scores of pre-and post-tests. In this short note, the concept of "Response Time" which was introduced by F. Hermanson-Snickars et al., is presented in order to better evaluate the program [1]. Response time is that time which a particular student takes for execution of a frame or a limited sequence of frames. First, this short note introduces a measurement method by which it is possible to measure response time under usual programmed instruction conditions without special equipment. Next, frame construction is evaluated through the analysis of average response time and error rates. Moreover, a response time distribution for each frame is investigated in order to improve the program. View full abstract»

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  • Physiological Modeling in Electrical Engineering Courses

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    The subject of physiological modeling has been introduced in two conventional electrical engineering courses. Models of the respiratory process, waste generation, oxygen exchange, enzyme kinetics, and blood flow have been introduced. Although most engineering students have little background in physiology, it has been possible to introduce models that can be useful in the design of medical devices that must be compatible with a complex system. View full abstract»

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  • A Logic Design Example: The Full Adder/Subtractor

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  • College Composition: The Course Where a Student Doesn't Learn Write-Frederick E. Beckett

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  • Contributors

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  • 1975 Frontiers in Education Conference

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  • Membership Application for the IEEE Education Group

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