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A Just In Time Circuits Instructional Package For Technology Students

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Innovative Curriculum in ET

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7.53.1 - 7.53.8



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Robert Angus

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Session 3549

A Circuits Course Family for Technology Students Using Just-in-Time Techniques

Robert B. Angus, Thomas E. Hulbert

Northeastern University; Boston, MA 02115


The teaching of electronics to students of other disciplines and majors is becoming more prevalent in technology curricula. “Non-electrical” majors are often turned off by a non-major subject. Also, many electrical/electronic faculty members have difficulty teaching “watered-down” fundamentals to non-electrical/electronic majors. Yet the demands of industry for multi-disciplined B.S. graduates are increasing as more high-technology firms strive to become increasingly effective and efficient in the global marketplace.

This paper describes the development of a multidisciplinary instructional package for teaching a circuit and system-design sequence. It includes a: (1) theory-oriented text that emphasizes the connection of engineering-technology technical material to the physics, (2) companion laboratory-experiments text required to reinforce the theory, and (3) technical-communications text to assist students in learning and tying written and verbal communications to their newly-found knowledge.

More than ten years ago, the authors developed the concept of Just-In-Time Education™ (JITE). It follows many of the principles of Just-in-Time (JIT) Manufacturing. A brief history of JIT education is summarized to provide an overview of the approach.

The JITE objectives were converted into chapter outlines. These outlines are being converted into theory, laboratory, and technical-communications text material. Each of the resulting texts is being designed so it can be used separately or as a package. Finally, an instructor’s manual is being developed that will contain strategies for presenting all or a portion of the instruction- material package in part and also as an entity.

A trial offering of this course is planned for the Fall of 2004. (Interested faculty and administrators should contact the authors.) Results of developments to date are included in this paper; an update of additional development work will be presented at the conference.

Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conf erence & Exposition Copyright ©2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Angus, R., & Hulbert, T. (2002, June), A Just In Time Circuits Instructional Package For Technology Students Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11045

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