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A Case Study Of Interdisciplinary Teaching At Kansas State University

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2002 Annual Conference

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Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Issues in Computer Education

Page Count

7

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7.14.1 - 7.14.7

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https://peer.asee.org/10224

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Naiqian Zhang

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Masaaki Mizuno

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Gurdip Singh

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Amy Gross

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Mitchell Neilsen

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Donald Lenhert

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Session 1320

A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Teaching at Kansas State University

M. Mizuno1, D. Lenhert2, M. Neilsen1, G. Singh1, N. Zhang3, and A. Gross4 1 Department of Computing and Information Sciences, Kansas State University (KSU) { masaaki, neilsen, singh}@cis.ksu.edu* 2 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, KSU, lenhert@ksu.edu* 3 Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, KSU, zhangn@ksu.edu* 4 The IDEA Center, 211 S. Seth Child Road, Manhattan, Kansas, agross@ksu.edu*

Abstract

At Kansas State University the Electrical and Computer Engineering department (EECE) and the Computing and Information Science department (CIS) have collaborated in developing with an NSF CRCD grant a series of embedded systems courses. In a minimum of credit hours, the CIS students learn more about the interconnection of hardware and its effect on software decisions and the EECE students learn more about computing theory especially real-time scheduling theory and verification. Either group could do this by taking normal courses but it would require many more credit hours of present day courses. These courses were designed for any engineering student to be able to take.

The paper will present the gains obtained by the faculty and the students taking the courses as evaluated by an independent group. The possible disadvantages of this approach will be discussed, although we did not encounter many of them. Recommendations for other groups interested in developing multi-disciplinary courses are made.

1 Introduction

Traditionally, the Electrical and Computer Engineering department (EECE) and the Computing and Information Science department (CIS) have tried to minimize the overlap of materials taught in their courses. This has resulted in wide gaps in the course material especially in the area of

* This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under NSF-CRCD Grant #9980321.

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Zhang, N., & Mizuno, M., & Singh, G., & Gross, A., & Neilsen, M., & Lenhert, D. (2002, June), A Case Study Of Interdisciplinary Teaching At Kansas State University Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10224

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