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Electrocardiogram Capture And Analysis

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.410.1 - 6.410.3



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Paul King

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Session 2509

Electrocardiogram Capture and Analysis

Paul H. King, Ph.D., P.E. Vanderbilt University

Abstract This paper describes an introductory freshman seminar titled Electrocardiogram Capture and Analysis, taught at Vanderbilt University in Fall 2000. The class was one of several optional introductory one credit hour modules offered to entering freshmen students. The intent of the modules was to allow entering students to select an informal introduction to a field of interest to them, one that presumably could give them an early motivation for their selected field of study. This course was designed to parallel an introductory engineering course required of all entering students, and was intended to allow students to learn how to apply their skills acquired in the required course to the analysis of electrocardiograms. The course was well-received and got good student reviews. The course structure and evaluation will be reviewed below. Introduction The Vanderbilt University School of Engineering has had a rather “plain vanilla” common freshman year sequence for a number of years. Entering freshmen take General Chemistry, Analytic Geometry and Calculus, a humanities elective, and an Introduction to Computing in Engineering Course. The spring semester brings a continuation of the math and chemistry, with the addition of Physics and an introductory computer science course. The freshman year typically brings an attrition of students, one of the more common complaints heard by this author is that “engineering is too hard”, when in fact the students have not really had any introduction (in most cases) to material relating to their interests. In an attempt to allow the students an option to take material as first semester freshmen in a non threatening environment and to introduce them to (generally) senior level faculty in their department of interest, the school requested that faculty volunteer to teach one credit hour modules (aka freshman seminars) to interested small groups. The instructor set class maximum size. Twelve modules will be taught this school year. Fall semester modules that were offered consisted of such titles as “Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering”, “Readings in Contemporary Technology”, “High Fidelity Sounds”, and “Moore’s Law.” Spring offerings will include modules titled “Entrepreneurship”, “Clinical Research”, and “Topics in Biochemical Engineering”. The course “Electrocardiogram Capture and Analysis” was taught in the fall term, the remainder of this paper will cover the structure of this course and the student responses from the initial offering. Course Structure

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

King, P. (2001, June), Electrocardiogram Capture And Analysis Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9171

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