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Developing and Implementing Digital Systems Testing Course for Engineering and Technology Curriculum

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Factors Affecting Student Performance

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Engineering Technology

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22.456.1 - 22.456.12



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Muhammad Zafrul Hasan Texas A&M University

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Muhammad Zafrul Hasan received the B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He received the Master of Electronic Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands) under a Philips postgraduate scholarship program. He subsequently held several faculty positions in an engineering college and in a university in Malaysia. He obtained the Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was awarded the NJIT Hashimoto Fellowship in the academic year 2005-06. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at TAMU. His research interests include the design, implementation, and testing of dynamically reconfigurable computing systems, performance evaluation of computer architectures, and behavioral synthesis and testing of digital systems, energy efficient embedded systems.

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Developing Digital Systems Testing Course for Engineering and Technology CurriculumAbstractDigital systems have penetrated in all aspects of everyday life – starting from household ovens toprofessional supercomputers. As such, curriculum in electrical, computer, andtelecommunication engineering disciplines incorporate the basics of digital systems as amandatory course. Such courses traditionally contain the design aspects of digital systems.Testing of such systems is seldom covered in those courses 1, 2. However, testing of such rapidlygrowing systems is both complex and costly 3. As a result, it has become an important part of theoverall life cycle of any digital system. Due to its importance and significance in the real world,digital system testing needs to be accommodated in the curriculum of the above mentioneddisciplines. This paper presents an outline of such a course with laboratory activities andassessment strategies. Also, it assesses the performance of students in related courses in order tojustify the appropriateness of such course in the above mentioned engineering disciplines. 

Hasan, M. Z. (2011, June), Developing and Implementing Digital Systems Testing Course for Engineering and Technology Curriculum Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17737

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