June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Engineering students at ------------------- have a common first semester, where they all take a design based engineering course along with other common courses. This design course consists of two modules: an Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) module; and a Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) module. Students spend seven weeks working on each module, exploring basic concepts in each discipline. In the MCE module, students work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools, basic hand tools, and machine tools in a machine shop. In the ECE module, students develop basic skills working with electrical/electronic devices, sensors, actuator, and programming. The seven week ECE module is divided into the following units: introduction to electrical terminologies, basic electrical test equipment, testing, and plotting motor data; switches, crimping, and soldering; operational amplifiers and potentiometers; Arduino microcontrollers and basic programming; gate drivers, infrared sensors, and autonomous navigation. To explore these topics, the ECE module utilizes a custom robotic platform, called the Ebot. This platform is equipped with dual onboard power supplies, motors, and a small breadboard. Students use the Ebot platform to build and test a variety of electrical circuits throughout the different units.
This introductory design course emphasizes the following: ● familiarizing freshman engineering students with what it means to be an engineer and how engineers think; ● developing a sense of teamwork and building student confidence; ● exposing students to the creative art of design early in the engineering curriculum; ● developing basic skills in the use of computers, electronic devices, sensors, CAD, hand tools, and machine tools; ● retaining students who possess the interest and ability to succeed in engineering by providing interesting design projects and fun competitions; ● improving the oral and pictorial communication skills of students.
This paper provides a detailed description of the course organization and administration, and assessment of the course outcomes for the ECE module.
Meah, K., & Moscola, J., & Kearns, J. A., & Leung, E., & Forsyth, J. (2019, June), A Seven-week Module to Introduce Electrical and Computer Engineering to Freshmen Engineering Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--31993
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