Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Design and Implementation of a new Instrumentation and Interface Undergraduate course using LabVIEWTM myDAQ
The instrumentation and interfacing using real-time analog/digital signals from industrial environments supported by graphical-based data acquisition and control hardware and software tool such as LabVIEWTM from National Instruments has become a common educational practice for many two-year and four-year engineering technology programs.
Department of Engineering Technology (ET) at ___________________State University is a new department recently separated from the Department of Agriculture Science. We are in the process of finishing necessary curriculum updates to apply for an ABET-ETAC accreditation for the current B.S. in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology program. One of the missing significant curriculum components is the instrumentation and interfacing and data acquisition class with hands-on laboratory and rigorous design project activities. This new course serves as a core class for multiple degree programs in the department and it is one of the essential components for the employability of students, especially in electronics and computer engineering technology fields, and it is also an essential part of electrical engineering technology program curricula. With this curriculum students are expected to gain knowledge and skills on graphical based programming, data acquisition, instrumentation, interface, signal conditioning, troubleshooting, control in industrial operations and dealing with applications during their careers as part of their main job duties.
This paper describes course objectives, learning outcomes aligned with the ABET-ETAC criterion 3, a sample curriculum material covering lecture, laboratory and the project activities. Student assessment and course improvements are also reported. The outcomes of this curriculum enhancement are as follows: a) a well-established instrumentation and interface course added to the ET curriculum; b) the class will help enhance the criteria 3 of the ABET-ETAC requirements; (c) students are exposed real-time data acquisition and instrumentation applications in industrial environments using LabVIEWTM based myDAQ board and a number of sensors such as motion, pressure, EKG, thermocouples, pyranometer, and anemometer for both industrial, medical, solar and wind energy systems. The corresponding LabVIEWTM VIs will be reported.
As this paper describes a new course in the department of Engineering Technology, the students are assessed for the course objectives and associated outcomes using various direct and indirect assessment tools. Additionally, course-embedded direct assessment of objectives and university-level end-of-semester faculty and course indirect assessment provide valuable input to the overall course assessment and continuous improvement process. The results from various direct and indirect assessment instruments are archived and processed annually to generate action items used as input to the course’s continuous improvement process.
Pecen, R. R., & Yildiz, F. (2018, June), Design and Implementation of a New Instrumentation and Interface Undergraduate Course Using LabVIEWTM myDAQ Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30261
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