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A One-credit Hands-On Introductory Course in Electrical
Computer Engineering using a Variety of Topic Modules
IEEE Transactions on Education Paper - Supplemental Material
John W. Pierre, Francis K. Tuffner, Jeffrey R. Anderson, David L. Whitman, A.H.M. Sadrul Ula, Robert F. Kubichek, Cameron H.G. Wright, Steven F. Barrett, Jerry J. Cupal, and Jerry C. Hamann.
This paper describes a one credit laboratory course for freshman majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The course is motivational in nature and exposes the students to a wide range of areas of electrical and computer engineering. The authors believe it is important to give freshmen a broad perspective of what ECE is all about, and to shine some light on topics they will see later in the curriculum. Yet with limited total credit hours in the curriculum, the ECE Department did not want to commit a significant number of hours, nor did the Department want to take significant study time away from the students’ core freshman courses such as calculus and physics. The resulting single credit hour course meets only one day a week for two hours, with a format that combines both lecture and experimentation. The course is divided into a series of one to three week modules, each covering a selected topic in electrical and computer engineering. This paper describes the purpose, format, and content of the course. A survey of the students regarding the course is also discussed.
Click on the individual module titles in the table below for files and more information about each module.
OverallNotes.pdf - Set of overall notes for lab aspect of course
|Circuits||Equipment introduction, Ohm’s Law, voltage, current,
resistance, power, and tolerances
|Electronics||Kirchoff’s Laws, ideal operational amplifiers, and
|Digital Logic||Digital representation of signals, digital data, and
|Microprocessors||C-language programming, digital control of external
hardware, and microcontroller programming techniques
|Communications||Frequency content of signals, amplitude modulation
(AM), and amplitude shift keying (ASK)
|Digital Signal Processing||Analog-to-digital conversion, digital capabilities, and DSP algorithm implementation||2 weeks|
|Power||Power, power efficiency, motors, generators||1 week|
|Lab Tours||Tour of department teaching and research laboratories||1 week|