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Developing An Interdisciplinary Hardware 2

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.148.1 - 1.148.9



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Mohammad M. Asoodeh

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Carl W. Steidley

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Session 1620 2 Developing An Interdisciplinary Hardware ‘ Laboratory With CIM Capabilities

Carl Steidley Mohammnd M. Asoodeh

Department of Computer Science/Department of Industrial Technology Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 70402


It has become widely accepted that the computer is an indispensable tool in the practice of science and engineering, thus, in recent years the science, engineering, and engineering technology education communities have been adopting and adapting the computer as a tool in ever new and innovative ways of teaching and research in science, engineering, and technology. Likewise, the importance of the availability of a variety of computing environments to undergraduate students of science and technology is widely agreed upon. This importance is attested to by the accreditation criteria of the Computer Science Accreditation Board as well as that of Industrial Technology.

The Department of Computer Science and the Department of Industrial Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU) have initiated a joint project to build computing facilities and curricular programs which will provide outstanding educational opportunities for computer science and industrial technology majors. Among the aims of this collaboration is to create a model computer integrated manufacturing facility, built on existing and recently acquired equipment and facilities. Moreover, this project is a part of an Integrated Undergraduate Technology-Rich Curriculum.

In its publication Report on the National Science Foundation Disciplinary Workshops on Undergraduate Education [2] the National Science Foundation had this to say about undergraduate computer science laboratory facilities:

“The laboratory infrastructure is not in place to support undergraduate computer science as a science. ”

In response to this and other criticisms [1,7], the first author chose to develop a laboratory that would support three computer science courses that emphasize computer hardware, instrumentation, interfacing, computer-controlled systems, and real-time physical systems. It was his intent that in this laboratory students would gain hands-on experience with the fundamental hardware building blocks of computing machinery and the

lPartial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation Instrument and Laboratory Improvement Program, Contract # DUE-9350651.

2Partial support for this project was provided by lhe Louisiana Educational Quality Support Fund, Contract# LEQSF(94-95)-ENH-UG-23.

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Asoodeh, M. M., & Steidley, C. W. (1996, June), Developing An Interdisciplinary Hardware 2 Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--5974

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