June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.362.1 - 26.362.14
Combining Digital with Analog Circuits in a Core Course for a Multidisciplinary Engineering CurriculumA multidisciplinary engineering curriculum requires certain core courses to provide students withthe content they will need to be successful in subsequent coursework, projects and beyond.Circuit Analysis, a common core course, has traditionally emphasized the analog type, leavingdigital circuits for electrical or computer specializations. While a number of recent papers haveaddressed improved methods of instruction for Circuit Analysis (Morrow; Skromme, et al; Linnand Morton; Lawanto and Santoso; Rockland, et al; Whitlatch, et al), having the best contentselection also matters. With the prevalence of digital technology in today’s world, we believethat students in all the engineering disciplines must have exposure to digital theory, at least at abasic level. Thus, we have formed a new Circuits I core course that combines introductoryanalog and digital circuit theory. Accordingly, we have replaced our Circuit Analysis andDigital Electronics courses with the new Circuits I, II sequence. While the Circuits II coursetakes up the more advanced topics traditionally reserved for Electrical and Computerspecializations, the Circuits I course covers the basic circuits, both analog and digital, includingselected integrated circuit devices (ICs), required for competency in all engineering disciplines.Such competency will allow multidisciplinary teams to communicate more knowledgably and toproceed in a more informed way, when addressing issues of digital design and analysis. Thispaper will provide details on course content division, textbook selection, lecture and labadjustments, student reaction and other lessons learned, for the benefit of those who wish to trythe non-traditional approach.
Underwood, H. R., & Pratt, D. G. (2015, June), Combining Digital with Analog Circuits in a Core Course for a Multidisciplinary Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23701
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