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A Global Positioning System Course For Non Electronics Majors

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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ET Interdisciplinary Education

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7.51.1 - 7.51.5

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John Cremin

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Terrence Kelly

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The Avionics Program in the Aerospace Technology Department of Parks College of Engineering and Aviation of Saint Louis University offers a course, GPS: Applications, for non- avionics and avionics majors. The course has no prerequisites and operates as a semi- independent study course. The class meets together during the first half of the semester to cover the basic operation and interfacing of Global Positioning Systems (GPS). In the second half of the semester students concentrate on developing entrepreneurial GPS applications. Applications documented thus far include: • Low cost systems to assist the Botswana Army locate Park Rangers who become engaged with poachers in the jungles and forests of Botswana. • A low cost timekeeper for a PC using QBASIC and a hiking class GPS receiver. During the Fall 2001 semester, investigations included projects on: • The use of GPS in identifying and mediating traffic backups in the St. Louis area1. • Application of GPS techniques to a robotics navigation and communication subsystem2. • The use of GPS and “Geocaching” for recreation/entertainment while providing environmental preservation. This paper will outline the learning objectives and examine the criteria and process used by students in the selection of an entrepreneurial application of GPS technology by students who are not electronics or avionics majors.

Cremin, J., & Kelly, T. (2002, June), A Global Positioning System Course For Non Electronics Majors Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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