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A Successful Approach To Electronic Device Design

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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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6.108.1 - 6.108.6



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Scott D. Baldwin

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Session 2425

A Successful Process Approach To Electronic Device Design

Scott Baldwin Electrical Engineering Technology, Oklahoma State University


This paper details the techniques and workflow methodology used in the instruction of an Electronic Circuit Design course. This course requires students with little to no design experience to select a project, plan the work to be accomplished and then complete several key milestones until a complete, packaged product is the end result. This course is targeted for sophomore and junior level college students.

Of primary emphasis with this type of course is not the complexity of the circuit, but the ability of the student to learn and execute the steps of the design process that include project network analysis, computer based circuit simulation, prototype construction, circuit board design and fabrication, product packaging, project assembly and demonstration.

Students in this learning environment work individually throughout the semester, being responsible for all aspects of the project including selection of a suitable project. This course also emphasizes oral and written communication skills through a project proposal, oral presentations, demonstrations of prototypes and finished projects and a final report detailing the lessons learned during the semester.

I. Introduction

The challenge of selecting and building an electronic project over the course of a single semester can be overwhelming for sophomore and junior level college students, especially for those who have never been exposed to a detailed design environment. The Elements of Design, Analysis and Fabrication by Machine Methods (EET 3124) course at Oklahoma State assumes that most students fall into this category. As such, this project design course has been developed to bring inexperienced designers to a skill level required to be able to plan and execute more complex projects that will be expected of them in advanced electronics courses. What is presented in this paper is a proven and successful roadmap to teach students how to plan and execute an electronics project through hands-on experience.

The primary goals of the course are: A. Teach students elementary program planning and management techniques B. Introduce students to the concept of requirements analysis and proposal development

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Baldwin, S. D. (2001, June), A Successful Approach To Electronic Device Design Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9820

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