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Division: 1- Engineering Technology, 2-Computing and Information Technology Impact of Intensive Hands-on Courses in an Information Engineering Technology Program; a Case Study of Computer Networks Courses AbstractThis paper presents the impact of including intensive hands-on activities in an InformationEngineering Technology (IET) program. While all courses of the IET program at XXX Collegeare hands-on intensive, and in order to better measures the impact on Student Outcomes, thepaper focuses on one core area: computer networks. The IET program requires students to takefour computer networks courses: EECE 132 Introduction to Computer Networks, EECE 330Computer Networks II, EECE 342 Wireless and Mobile Computing, and EECE 440 AdvancedComputer Networks. The organization of the courses consists of lecture/recitation hours, hands-on lab hours, weekly quizzes, and homework assignments including a mix of hands-on activities(using simulator software) and analytical exercises. Student outcomes are adopted from theABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) for Information EngineeringTechnology programs. Students outcomes are analyzed according to specific knowledge,technique and skills relevant to the local stakeholders of the IET program. Results, collectedthrough direct and indirect measures, demonstrate that hands-on activities better prepare studentsfor the market-place and to attain student outcomes. Index TermsComputer networks, Information Engineering Technology, hands-on activities, studentoutcomes, ABET.
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