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An Interdisciplinary, Labview Based, Data Acquisition And Measurements Course

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Interdisciplinary Education

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8.214.1 - 8.214.16



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James Globig

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Session 2147

An Interdisciplinary, LabVIEW Based, Data Acquisition and Measurements Course

James E. Globig University of Dayton

Abstract This paper describes an interdisciplinary data acquisition course that teaches the creation of virtual instruments (utilizing LabVIEW) and their application in mechanical, physical, and electro-mechanical measurement systems. It includes pedagogical recommendations on how to teach data acquisition to multiple majors and some tactical recommendations on how to teach LabVIEW to multiple majors. The course follows a combined lecture/laboratory format and is designed for Electronic, Computer, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Engineering Technology students organized into cross-functional teams. The outline of the paper follows the course outline described in TAC of ABET “Self- Study Questionnaire - TC2K Visits” 1

Introduction Student The course is an interdisciplinary course with mixed teams of Mechanical (MET), Manufacturing (MFG), Electronic (EET), and Computer (CET) Engineering Technology students. In general, the course is an integration of LabVIEW-based virtual instrumentation and data acquisition techniques and a physical/mechanical measurements lab 2. Since the teams contain students from multiple majors, we cultivate a peer-learning environment where the EETs and CETs help the METs and MFGs with the programming and data acquisition and vice versa with the statics, dynamics, strength of materials etc.

Credit Hours The course is designed to be a two semester hour combined lecture/lab course which meets twice per week for one hour and fifteen minutes.

Computer Usage The software utilized in the course is approximately 85% LabVIEW, 10% Excel, and 5% MicroSim PSpice. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are used for report writing and presentation. LabVIEW programs themselves (called VIs) are used extensively in the lecture and homework. Similarly, PSpice is used to teach and demonstrate signal- conditioning principles.

Course Format The course is designed to be presented in a “dual mode” fashion with one PC (or, if necessary, an overhead) displaying the PowerPoint slides and another PC displaying and running the target software (LabVIEW or PSpice). It is important for the student to be able to see both PowerPoint and LabVIEW programs and data acquisition hardware

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Globig, J. (2003, June), An Interdisciplinary, Labview Based, Data Acquisition And Measurements Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12219

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