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Development And Delivery Of Data Acquisition And Hpvee Courses For Technical Personnel

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.212.1 - 5.212.6



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Thomas E. Hulbert

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Robert B. Angus

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Session 2320

Development and Delivery of Data Acquisition and HP-VEE Courses for Technical Personnel

Robert B. Angus, Thomas E. Hulbert

Northeastern University Boston, MA 02115


Data acquisition requirements for manufacturing, development, and research indicate a continued demand for the collection and analysis of relevant and meaningful data. Criteria for maintaining data and specifying processing systems must be established.

A team of engineers experienced in curriculum development (who are also the individuals who created Just in Time (J.I.T. Education™) were invited to meet with engineers from an international, high-technology company. This team identified a need for training technicians and designers in data acquisition. Their Engineering Council selected HP-VEE as the standard software to simulate and then acquire data.

Specifications for the program were jointly developed by the team. The curriculum developers using J.I.T. Education™ concepts developed behavioral objectives and organized them to assure that material was delivered as needed. Prerequisite information was separated from the course material; a math diagnostic instrument and a questionnaire on computer literacy was developed and given prior to the course.

The final course was an integrated 60-hour course, 1/2 theory and 1/2 laboratory, interwoven using J.I.T. methodology. More than 45 participants have taken the course and provided feedback via a questionnaire. A Supervisors’ Course is being developed. Labs are provided; the supervisors will analyze and evaluate the lab material from the icons backwards.


For several years, Northeastern University’s Continuing Education Center for Corporate On-Site Training has been working to devise new courses that apply the Just-In-Time Education™ technique. This technique examines the technical topics desired to be taught to potential participants. It then sequences these topics so the knowledge and skills are gradually applied in the course. Potential participants are given a mathematics Diagnostic Tool developed by the authors. The selected participants receive a notebook and a set of texts. Four quizzes on fundamental topics are given throughout the course to

Hulbert, T. E., & Angus, R. B. (2000, June), Development And Delivery Of Data Acquisition And Hpvee Courses For Technical Personnel Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8287

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