Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Electrical and Computer
This paper describes the bottlenecks and "muddiest points" found in a freshman circuits course and methods developed at the University of Utah to address them. The 4-credit semester-long course is a typical first circuits course with lab, including coverage of op amps and sensors. The final lab project is an invention of the student’s choosing -- a resistive or capacitive sensor circuit that utilizes the course concepts as well as open-ended design and system concepts.
Determination of bottlenecks and muddiest points was done through weekly muddiest point assessements, exams, quizzes or self-assesments, and online feedback. Solutions to address the bottlenecks included providing applications and real-world examples, providing step-by-step cookbooks, color coding circuit nodes, organizing the circuit design equations into a circuit analysis toolbox, using a deck of cards representing the functional design of a system, and creating a library of in class demos. These improvements, along with the use of a flipped classroom and incorporation of a National Instruments myDAQ device, resulted in an increase in the pass rate of the class.
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Furse, C., & Cotter, N. E., & Rasmussen, A. (2018, June), Bottlenecks and Muddiest Points in a Freshman Circuits Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30153
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