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A Team Centered, Project Oriented Approach In Analog Integrated Circuits

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.54.1 - 3.54.8



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J. Michael Jacob

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Jeffrey W. Honchell

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Session 3626

A Team Centered, Project Oriented Approach in Analog Integrated Circuits

J. Michael Jacob, Jefffrey W. Honchell Purdue University

Abstract This paper describes an end-of-semester day-long required project used as a capstone to a junior electrical engineering technology course in Analog Integrated Circuits Applications. The motivation for the project is presented in the Introduction. The Project Description explains both the problem presented to the students and the implementation constraints. The Evaluation section has three parts; the subjective evaluation of the project by the students, the subjective evaluation of the project by the course instructors, and the objective results, including the students' performance evaluation, and a comparison of the students' overall course performance as compared with previous semesters which did not include a project. Finally, continuing trends in the application of teaming are presented.

Introduction During the summer of 1992 Motorola presented Purdue University with a Total Quality Management (TQM) Challenge. The objective of the challenge was to integrate the principles of Total Quality Management into the university. This included both teaching about TQM, and teaching with TQM (using TQM principles and techniques to improve the quality of the instructional process). One hundred key faculty and administrators from the schools of Business, Engineering, and Technology were invited to a week-long, twelve-hour-a-day seminar on TQM. Each day began with success stories, followed by specific instruction on the central principles of TQM. Small group, facilitated workshops were provided in the afternoon to allow cross- discipline teams to apply the material presented in the morning sessions. In the evening, these same teams met to plan how the day's techniques could be implemented in the team members' own courses.

A key element in this implementation of Total Quality Management is the use of empowered teams. Providing workers (i.e. students) the responsibility and the resources to accomplish their assigned task allows them to take ownership of the problem, and to bring to bear all of their combined energies and abilities. Together, the team is stronger than the sum of each of the individuals. This TQM technique was applied to a junior course on Analog Integrated Circuits Applications taught by the Electrical Engineering Technology Department of Purdue University's West Lafayette campus.

Project Description and Implementation As a capstone to the Analog Integrated Circuits Applications course, the students were assigned to five person teams during the last quarter of the semester. Teams were configured so that each team had members from all grade categories within the course. Several exercises were assigned

Jacob, J. M., & Honchell, J. W. (1998, June), A Team Centered, Project Oriented Approach In Analog Integrated Circuits Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/1-2--7462

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