June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Computers in Education
15.69.1 - 15.69.12
A Novel Teaching Approach for Undergraduates in Micro- Controller Application Courses
The micro-controller application technologies have become more and more important for engineering students, especially with respect to the field of Electric Engineering, in the age of knowledge-economics. This paper presents a novel teaching approach for undergraduate students in the micro-controller application course. The presented approach could not only induce the interests of students in the micro-controller application technologies, but also improve the design capabilities of students in the micro-controller application. The handy pre-packaged experiments of hardware and software program designs are also incorporated in the teaching process. The results of student evaluation conducted before and after applying the presented approach demonstrated the fact that it is efficient and successful.
The purposes of micro-controller application course for undergraduate-level students at universities in Taiwan are that the students should learn to grasp the essential concepts of operational principle of micro-controller devices and its applications for both hardware and software design. In Taiwan, there are many world-class IC design houses as well as semiconductor foundries which mandate high manufacturing efficiency and advanced design capabilities. Given this context, it is obvious that the students in Taiwan are enjoying an excellent learning environment for them to develop the skills of micro-controller application.
In the past, a number experiment kits were designed for respective aspects of the course1-5. Some papers were aimed at teaching methodology6-8. Carina Savander-Ranne and et al.6 presented a redesigned implementation of Active RF Circuits based on interactive teaching methods as well as the impact of these changes on student learning. An innovative systematic and comprehensive approach to teaching digital system timing for graduate-level computer engineering courses at Oregon Health and Science University was proposed by John D. Lynch7. Additionally, a proposal which allows students to use specially-developed hardware kits to perform real-life experiments in their own homes where they could analyze given problems, create appropriate solutions, and validate the actual circuit in a distance learning context was presented by Juan P. Oliver and et al.2.
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