June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Electrical and Computer
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Diversified Projects in Microcontroller Class Enhances Undergraduate Students’ Learning, Design and ResearchAbstractMicrocontroller class is a fundamental class for both Electrical and Computer Engineeringundergraduate students. Information from this class also prepares students’ knowledge and skillof senior design. During the first three years of teaching this class, traditional “ClassroomLecture plus Weekly Lab” model was adopted. The students usually obtained the backgroundknowledge in class and then applied them to the experiments in the lab. In order to improveundergraduates’ ability to design and research, a new teaching model was designed and adoptedto this class: After the students learned certain fundamental knowledge, they are asked to teamup to do a research on one of the microcontroller topics of their choice and pick up a project inthat area to implement. They will need to submit their project proposal along with the electricalcomponents list and the total cost for their project. Once approved, the team will need toimplement the project and give a demonstration and presentation to the whole class. Thestudents enjoy learning through the project research and implementation. The diversified projectallows them to explore a wider variety of aspects in microcontrollers and understand the topics ingreater depth. The diversified project shows them the significance of microcontroller techniqueand inspires their interests in Computer and Electrical Engineering. It also trains them in teamwork and manages their time more efficiently in their busy curriculum. It better prepares themfor the upcoming senior design.This paper will explain the new model that has been adopted in our microcontroller class. It willdemonstrate some of the fun projects that our students have implemented. It will alsodemonstrate the improved class outcomes and student evaluations.
Fang, V., & SanGregory, S. L., & Kohl, C. (2015, June), Diversified Projects in Microcontroller Class Enhances Undergraduate Students’ Learning, Design, and Research Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23891
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