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Collaborative Curriculum Development of an Industry-Driven Digital Logic DesignAbstractHardware Description Language and Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) haverevolutionized the way Digital Logic Design is taught and implemented. Traditional ways ofteaching logic design using discrete components (TTL: Transistor-Transistor Logic and CMOS:Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors) have been replaced by Programmable LogicDevices (CPLD: Complex Programmable Logic Devices and FPGA). Today, a more standarddevelopment process is widely used in industry. The process uses Hardware DescriptionLanguages as a design entry to describe the digital systems. The two most widely used HardwareDescription Languages in industry are VHDL (Very High Speed Integrated Circuit HardwareDescription Language) and Verilog (Verifying Logic). Although most traditional electrical andcomputer engineering programs have updated their curriculum to include topics in hardwaredescription language and programmable logic design (FPGA/CPLD), two-year and four-yearelectrical engineering technology programs have fallen behind and are moving slowly inupdating their curriculum. This paper will reshape the way digital logic design is taught in theelectrical engineering technology programs. The new curriculum development will providestudents with a hands-on educational experience that is well-respected by industry. Due to therapid changes in the technological world, faculty involved in developing and teaching theproposed new curriculum must be well-informed of advances in technology currently used in theindustry. Likewise, industry wants to have qualified and well-educated employees coming out ofacademia who are ready to implement their knowledge on day one of their employment. As aresult, while academia needs to be fully aware of the current state-of-the-art knowledgerequirements: industry must be driving the curriculum development. Therefore, in thiscurriculum development, a strong link between academia and industry must be established. Thispartnership is a “two-way street” and advantageous for both parties. The Electrical EngineeringTechnology program is collaborating with Altera University program in which the involvedfaculty members in curriculum development will attend a set of training workshop developed byAltera’s university program, these workshops are targeted toward professional individuals andcollege faculty seeking knowledge and expertise in programmable logic design. Facultymembers who have the opportunity to attend these workshops will gain the knowledge andexpertise to be able to teach both VHDL digital Design and Programmable Logic (FPGA)design. The exposure to industry-taught courses will help the faculty member to impact thelearning experience of his/her undergraduate students by providing them with skills that arehighly marketable and appreciated by industry. This paper describes the industry-led facultytraining and the impact on the Electrical Engineering Technology digital logic design curriculumdevelopment.
Alaraje, N., & Sergeyev, A., & DeGroat, J. E. (2011, June), Collaborative Curriculum Development of an Industry-Driven Digital Logic Design Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17614
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