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Issue 3 • Date Aug. 2012

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    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): C1
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  • Facilitating Constructive Alignment in Power Systems Engineering Education Using Free and Open-Source Software

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 309 - 318
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    This paper describes how the use of free and open-source software (FOSS) can facilitate the application of constructive alignment theory in power systems engineering education by enabling the deep learning approach in power system analysis courses. With this aim, this paper describes the authors' approach in using the Power System Analysis Toolbox (PSAT) for undergraduate and graduate education. Interviews with former students reveal the positive impact that the use of FOSS in general, and PSAT in particular, had on their learning and how it has influenced their professional life. View full abstract»

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  • Improving Students With Rubric-Based Self-Assessment and Oral Feedback

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 319 - 325
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    Rubrics and oral feedback are approaches to help students improve performance and meet learning outcomes. However, their effect on the actual improvement achieved is inconclusive. This paper evaluates the effect of rubrics and oral feedback on student learning outcomes. An experiment was conducted in a software engineering course on requirements engineering, using the two approaches in course assignments. Both approaches led to statistically significant improvements, though no material improvement (i.e., a change by more than one grade) was achieved. The rubrics led to a significant decrease in the number of complaints and questions regarding grades. View full abstract»

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  • Improving the Teaching of Discrete-Event Control Systems Using a LEGO Manufacturing Prototype

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 326 - 331
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    This paper discusses the usefulness of employing LEGO as a teaching-learning aid in a post-graduate-level first course on the control of discrete-event systems (DESs). The final assignment of the course is presented, which asks students to design and implement a modular hierarchical discrete-event supervisor for the coordination layer of a complete automated manufacturing system (AMS) built using LEGO blocks. A design approach frequently used in manufacturing is introduced to unify design criteria and nomenclature. Software tools are provided for all calculation and translation tasks required for the implementation of the supervisor architecture in a programmable logic controller (PLC). The assignment reinforces all the basic concepts of supervisory control theory taught during the course. It provides hands-on experience of the advantages and disadvantages and of the important theoretical and practical issues related to the use of DES controllers in an engineering application. View full abstract»

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  • Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Professional Skills Course at an Electrical Engineering School

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 332 - 340
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    This paper describes a case study of an innovative approach to teaching at an engineering school. The postgraduate course Project Work and Communication in Research and Development (R&D) was developed at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The main aim of the course was to make the entry of young engineering graduates into the business environment as easy as possible. Currently, engineers are facing more and more interdisciplinarity and project work in their daily assignments. The course was designed to remedy any deficiencies in the multidisciplinary professional skills and knowledge of the graduate-level students, and it covered the topics of innovation management, communication in R&D, project management, and problem solving in teams. An end-of-course survey showed positive feedback from participating students. The empirical data (enrollment ratio of students, session attendance ratio, and average student grade) proves that the course met its goal of honing the professional skills of postgraduate engineering students. View full abstract»

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  • Pipelined CPU Design With FPGA in Teaching Computer Architecture

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 341 - 348
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    This paper presents a pipelined CPU design project with a field programmable gate array (FPGA) system in a computer architecture course. The class project is a five-stage pipelined 32-bit MIPS design with experiments on the Altera DE2 board. For proper scheduling, milestones were set every one or two weeks to help students complete the project on time. The goal of the project is to educate students effectively via hands-on learning, rather than having them achieve a complete and flawless CPU design. This study reveals that 21 MIPS instructions are enough to achieve the purpose. With the addition in 2010 of the properly enforced scheduling and the FPGA system, many more students successfully completed the class project than was the case in 2009. A student survey and the independent samples t-test reveal the effectiveness of the methodology with the FPGA system. This work differs from previous work in that the devised project requires the implementation of a real CPU instead of utilizing simulators or just experimenting with ready-made complete CPU models. View full abstract»

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  • MATLAB-Based Program for Teaching Autocorrelation Function and Noise Concepts

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 349 - 356
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    An attractive MATLAB-based tool for teaching the basics of autocorrelation function and noise concepts is presented in this paper. This tool enhances traditional in-classroom lecturing. The demonstrations of the tool described here highlight the description of the autocorrelation function (ACF) in a general case for wide-sense stationary (WSS) processes, and for several important special processes including Gaussian white noise (GWN), non-Gaussian white noise, and Gaussian non-white noise. The demonstrations were designed for and introduced in the graduate-level course “Introduction to Communications,” but would also be appropriate at the undergraduate level in various courses on signals or communications, or in a basic course on probability and random variables. The course description and program evaluations are also included. View full abstract»

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  • A Training Tool and Methodology to Allow Concurrent Multidisciplinary Experimental Projects in Engineering Education

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 357 - 364
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    This paper describes a novel Electrical Machine and Power Electronic Training Tool (EM&PETT), a methodology for using it, and associated experimental educational activities. The training tool is implemented by recreating a whole power electronics system, divided into modular blocks. This process is similar to that applied when analyzing a piece of industrial equipment by the functions of its various parts. The EM&PETT is divided into five areas: the power block, the electronic switch command, instrumentation, the control system, and the application environment. The training tool lets a user analyze each functional block and the relationships between functional blocks; it can be used either in local or remote mode, thus ensuring optimal effectiveness of the proposed learning methodology. The students can redesign the hardware and software blocks before reassembling them; this allows various different experimental projects to be run concurrently in the same training tool. The results presented here show that EM&PETT improves engineering students' technical skills and their motivation in experimental work. View full abstract»

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  • Student Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness of a Nationwide Innovative Education Program on Image Display Technology

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 365 - 369
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    The study presented here explored a student evaluation of the teaching effectiveness of a nationwide innovative education program on image display technology in Taiwan. Using survey data collected through an online questionnaire system, covering 165 classes across 30 colleges and universities in Taiwan, the study aimed to understand the teaching effectiveness of this particular educational program based on learners' viewpoints. Each item included in the student evaluation comprised four subscales: student knowledge and skill, satisfaction with the curriculum and teaching, professional learning, and general learning of the course. Moreover, the influences of student characteristics and type of school on the outcome of such an evaluation were considered. T-test and one-way ANOVA results confirm the effects of these influences. The implications for effective use of student evaluation of teaching in enhancing university-level teaching and learning of image display technology are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Performance Analysis of Saturated Induction Motors by Virtual Tests

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 370 - 377
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    Many undergraduate-level electrical machines textbooks give detailed treatments of the performance of induction motors. Students can deepen this understanding of motor performance by performing the appropriate practical work in laboratories or in simulation using proper software packages. This paper considers various common and less-common tests for induction motors performance analysis, and their simulations using MATLAB/Simulink. These tests are the no-load test, the locked-rotor test, and the load test, as well as two new tests introduced to determine breakdown and starting torques. A saturable model allows magnetic saturation effects to be simulated, which helps students to recognize the importance of saturation impact upon induction motor performance. View full abstract»

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  • A Project-Based Learning Approach to Programmable Logic Design and Computer Architecture

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 378 - 383
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    This paper describes a course in programmable logic design and computer architecture as it is taught at the University of Newcastle, Australia. The course is designed around a major design project and has two supplemental assessment tasks that are also described. The context of the Computer Engineering degree program within which the course is taught is presented, and some student outcomes are discussed. View full abstract»

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  • Factors That Influence Dissemination in Engineering Education

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 384 - 393
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    Although the need for new educational materials and methods in engineering education is increasing, the process of disseminating (making target groups become aware of, accept, and use) these innovations remains a challenge. A literature review shows that few studies have thoroughly investigated this area. The purpose of this article is to identify factors that may affect the adoption and use of educational innovations used in engineering education and to offer advice to educators on how they may better disseminate their materials. This study uses extant theories related to diffusion and acceptance of innovation as the basis for identifying factors that may impact the dissemination of educational innovations. These factors are tested via a Delphi study employing 21 subject-matter experts and content analysis of 410 research abstracts. The results suggest nine factors that are most important for facilitating acceptance and use of educational engineering innovations. In particular, new materials should be designed such that they demonstrate an obvious relative advantage over existing materials, are compatible with and adaptable to existing pedagogy, lack complexity, and are generally easy to use. Management support and availability of resources are found to be important environmental conditions that facilitate acceptance; logistical issues and cultural differences are the chief impediments. View full abstract»

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  • Experiences of a Multidisciplinary Course on Geo-Signal Processing From a DSP Perspective Offered in Electrical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 394 - 405
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    The purpose of this paper is to share the experience gained in, and the efforts made toward, introducing and implementing a new course in the challenging and important area of geophysical signal processing at the Electrical Engineering (EE) Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The new course, titled “Geo-Signal Processing,” was offered both at the graduate level and as a special topics course to undergraduates. The course was developed in collaboration with the Earth Sciences Department at KFUPM. This paper contributes new information because it stresses the multidisciplinary aspects of digital signal processing (DSP) technologies when applied to estimating the Earth's layered structure on the basis of seismic data. Unlike many Earth sciences seismic data processing courses, this Geo-Signal Processing course also emphasizes that the perspective taken by those working in DSP is different from that taken by geophysicists. The course presents DSP with particular emphasis on seismic data signals and the artifacts accompanying them while covering the principles and algorithms needed for processing seismic signals in both deterministic and statistical fashion. Topics include, but are not limited to, basic seismic theory, acquisition of seismic data, analysis of seismic signals and noise, deterministic filtering of seismic data, and statistical processing of seismic data. View full abstract»

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  • Supporting Undergraduate Computer Architecture Students Using a Visual MIPS64 CPU Simulator

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 406 - 411
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    The topics of computer architecture are always taught using an Assembly dialect as an example. The most commonly used textbooks in this field use the MIPS64 Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) to help students in learning the fundamentals of computer architecture because of its orthogonality and its suitability for real-world applications. This paper shows how to use the EduMIPS64 visual CPU Simulator as a supporting tool for teaching the standard topics covered by an undergraduate course in computer architecture. The proposed approach is first compared to other similar works in the field, then after a short description of the simulator, the paper focuses on how it can be used for teaching specific topics in an undergraduate computer architecture course. This discussion is then followed by a quantitative assessment of the suitability of the simulator by means of a survey compiled by students themselves; the results show that EduMIPS64 is suitable for the purpose for which it was built-that is, supporting the learning process of computer architecture topics. View full abstract»

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  • Lessons Learned in the Use of WIRIS Quizzes to Upgrade Moodle to Solve Electrical Circuits

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 412 - 417
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    WIRIS quizzes are an online mathematics tool for educational purposes that upgrade Moodle quizzes and allow the development of personalized quizzes using random data and conditional instructions. WIRIS quizzes can be used in any mathematics or science degree; their complex operators allow it to be used to solve electrical circuits. This tool promotes autonomous student learning and enables teachers to monitor that learning and make adjustments if necessary. Therefore, this tool improves teaching quality. It can also be used as an assessment tool by both the teacher and the student. This paper shows how WIRIS quizzes have been integrated into the virtual campus of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain, to teach electrical circuits. Lessons learned in performing and using WIRIS quizzes with second-year students at the UPC are shown. View full abstract»

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  • An Innovative Method of Teaching Electronic System Design With PSoC

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 418 - 424
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    Programmable system-on-chip (PSoC), which provides a microprocessor and programmable analog and digital peripheral functions in a single chip, is very convenient for mixed-signal electronic system design. This paper presents the experience of teaching contemporary mixed-signal electronic system design with PSoC in the Department of Automation, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. An innovative teaching method was adopted, which involved designing a flexible experimental board, designing four experiments of different levels and with different teaching objectives, writing a textbook, and instructing students in out-of-class activities. This paper describes these in detail, as well as the courses in which the method was used, with their course objectives and contents. Finally, the course evaluation results and the design prizes for innovation won by students and teaching awards won by teachers are given, which confirm that this innovative teaching method is effective. View full abstract»

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  • A Middleware Platform for Providing Mobile and Embedded Computing Instruction to Software Engineering Students

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 425 - 435
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    As embedded software systems have grown in number, complexity, and importance in the modern world, a corresponding need to teach computer science students how to effectively engineer such systems has arisen. Embedded software systems, such as those that control cell phones, aircraft, and medical equipment, are subject to requirements and constraints that are significantly different from those encountered in the standard desktop computing environment. For example, embedded systems must frequently address challenges that arise from severe resource restrictions (e.g., low memory and network bandwidth), heterogeneous hardware platforms, and safety-critical operations. Software architecture has been shown to be an effective means for coping with such issues, yet traditional courses on embedded software development rarely focus on software architectural abstractions. Instead, they have concentrated on lower-level issues such as programming languages and hardware interfaces. Since 2005 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, a unique course has been developed that affords students the opportunity to gain experience and insights on developing software architectures for embedded systems. At the heart of the course is a middleware platform, Prism-MW, that helps students use software architectural principles to construct embedded systems and understand the important challenges of the embedded systems domain. This paper describes this course through the explanation and evaluation of four years of class projects, weaving together the course, the middleware platform, and the relationship of each to three key pedagogical goals that drove the formulation of the course curriculum. View full abstract»

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  • Improving a Computer Networks Course Using the Partov Simulation Engine

    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 436 - 443
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    Computer networks courses are hard to teach as there are many details in the protocols and techniques involved that are difficult to grasp. Employing programming assignments as part of the course helps students to obtain a better understanding and gain further insight into the theoretical lectures. In this paper, the Partov simulation engine and experience using this engine in a computer networks course are discussed. Since 2009, various programming assignments based on the Partov system have been set to help students in their learning process. Student feedback has been very good; this has been quantified in two surveys in which a majority of students expressed their satisfaction with this approach. View full abstract»

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    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): 444
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    Publication Year: 2012 , Page(s): C4
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