June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
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Controlling a Power Supply via the Internet Provides a Capstone Design Experience In Topics of Applied Design
This paper focuses on using an off-the shelf Programmable Power Supply Kit to illustrate the concepts required in successfully completing a junior level capstone project. The capstone Programmable Power Supply Project is structured to support course goals and objectives of "Topics of Applied Design" offered to junior students in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. The course is structured to meet the requirements of a Senior Design capstone experience with the exception that the project design is controlled by the faculty member. The paper presents the "project concept" together with the theory of operation, project schematic, and parts list. Each student is required to build a Programmable Power Supply (PPS) using a combination of through-hole and surface mount components. In addition, each student is required to implement a packaging concept, and write a complete project proposal. An additional goal of the course is to prepare students for the upcoming Senior Design Capstone Experience required for a baccalaureate degree in engineering technology. In support of this goal students are required to maintain a project journal to record ideas, data, test results, and experiences throughout the project. To date, student feedback on this project has been very positive and a representative selection of student comments is included in this paper.
The course "Topics of Applied Design" is a three credit-hour lecture combined with a one credit- hour laboratory. The course is offered autumn quarter of the junior year to baccalaureate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology. Minimum prerequisites for the course include three course sequences in electronics, electric circuits, and digital electronics. The primary focus at the beginning of the junior year is to introduce students to a course in applied design that utilizes a "capstone project" as a learning vehicle to bring together concepts previously introduced in both analog and digital electronics. In addition new technologies such as digital potentiometers, printed circuit board design, and surface mount parts are introduced. The objectives of the course include:
≠ Learning techniques that allow for an easy transition into the Senior Capstone experience by allowing students to experience the "Capstone Process" using a well-defined technical example. ≠ Reverse engineering the project and then developing a proposal to give a desired outcome. Learning to use a research journal to record ideas, data, test results, and experiences throughout the project. ≠ Prepare a poster board together with a ten minute technical presentation.
Everly, J., & Nicholson, D. (2010, June), Controlling A Power Supply Via The Internet Provides A Capstone Design Experience In Topics Of Applied Design Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16110
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