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An Introduction To Ecet And Projects Course With Unique Learning Experiences

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Electrical ET Laboratory Practicum

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9.193.1 - 9.193.12

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Stanley Dick

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Russell Aubrey

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Session 3550

An Introduction to an EET and Projects Course with Unique Learning Experiences

Russell A. Aubrey, Stanley A. Dick

Purdue University School of Technology at Anderson


EET 196 introduces entering students to EET and to projects by presenting numerous electrical/electronic laboratory opportunities. A number of these exercises are unique to the Anderson location. The course combines focused short lectures with a great deal of structured hands-on laboratory experience. The exercises involve several weekly project assignments as well as a major electronic construction project to be completed by the end of the semester. These assignments range from an introduction to conventional house wiring to Printed Circuit Board (PCB) layout and etching, culminating with the fabrication of a variable voltage DC power supply. Providing a course with well defined objectives within the constraints of a project- oriented atmosphere serves as a major confidence builder for students with little or no previous electrical/electronic experience. The course’s philosophy, objectives, assignments, learning platforms and student evaluations are presented.


Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) on most campuses has a reputation for being tough on students in the early semesters. The introductory course, EET 196-Introduction to EET and Projects, provides an opportunity for entering students to gain insight into the electrical/electronic field early in their academic careers. At the Anderson location of Purdue University School of Technology, EET students enter the program with a variety of backgrounds and abilities. It is not unusual to have age ranges from 18 to 50 years old in the same class. Their experience with hand tools, mechanical layout and the technical aspects of electrical/electronic systems usually is as varied as their age spread. It cannot be taken for granted that all entering technology students have had repair experience with their parents on cars, bikes or homes. This course utilizes defined learning and teaching objectives coupled with extensive hands-on projects that should provide a snapshot of what life is like as an EET graduate.

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2004, American Society for Engineering Education”

Dick, S., & Aubrey, R. (2004, June), An Introduction To Ecet And Projects Course With Unique Learning Experiences Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

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