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A Multi Faceted First Year Electrical And Computer Engineering Course

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.57.1 - 6.57.8



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Karen Davis

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Jr., James Caffery

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Jr., Fred Beyette

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An innovative course at the University of Cincinnati combines introductory level technical materials with the development of academic survival skills and a hands-on laboratory experience to produce an Introduction to Electrical and Computer (ECE) course for incoming freshmen. The course, which is offered to ECE freshmen in their first term, is designed to promote retention of engineering freshmen via several avenues. First, the course allows students to become acquainted with their major early in the curriculum. Beyond introducing the sub-disciplines of ECE, students engage in a variety of activities that are designed to introduce them to the people and resources that will help them succeed, including: professors in their major, academic advisors, deans, engineering librarians, national/international co-operative education advisors, ECE upperclassmen, and leaders in the engineering student organizations. Second, the course promotes freshmen retention by highlighting the skills and technologies that ECE students learn after completion of math and science core courses. Finally, experiments in the lab portion of the course promote freshmen retention by showing students that engineering is fun! While the primary objective behind this course is the improvement of freshmen retention, an introductory course must also prepare students for the engineering courses that follow. Thus, while the course content has been selected to highlight the broad spectrum of ECE topics, course activities are also selected to allow the development of design, analysis, communication, and teamwork skills. Ultimately, the course prepares students for continuation of their studies while helping them to form bonds with their classmates that will eventually lead to small study groups that are vital to academic success. This paper describes the structure and content of the lecture and laboratory portions of the course and describes the relationship between this course and ABET Engineering Criteria 2000 outcomes. Finally, the paper presents preliminary course assessment results.

Davis, K., & Caffery, J. J., & Beyette, J. F. (2001, June), A Multi Faceted First Year Electrical And Computer Engineering Course Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9581

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