Asee peer logo

Enriching A Curriculum With Local Content

Download Paper |


2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008



Conference Session

International CIase Studies: Collabs, Exchanges & Interactions

Tagged Division


Page Count


Page Numbers

13.557.1 - 13.557.8



Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors


Willie Ofosu Pennsylvania State University - Wilkes-Barre

visit author page

Dr. Willie K. Ofosu is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches telecommunications, wireless systems, computer networking, optoelectronics and analog and digital electronics at the Wilkes-Barre campus. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, IET (England) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) of England. He is currently involved in international activities in cooperation with some faculty members at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. He is an advocate of diversity in the education field. Dr. Ofosu received his Ph.D. from the Electronic Systems Engineering Department at Essex University in England.

visit author page

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Enriching A Curriculum With Local Content


A major driver for technological development for any group of people is the technical needs of the people, and one of the factors that impact the process of improvement is the environmental conditions. In considering the habitable parts of the planet, there are clear identifiable regions that have different environmental conditions. In relating this to the field of engineering, many advances in recent years such as the various forms of the integrated circuit (IC) chip designed for different applications have occurred in the temperate region.

Once developed, the application is not limited to only the region within which it was created. The desire for return on investment in developing the technology drives the investors, through commerce, to seek users wherever they may be found. Coupling this with the fact that third world nations need to be part of the global economy, many engineering achievements for example in the telecommunications industry that are found in the temperate region are being employed, for instance, in the equatorial region. Attendant to this is the high cost of repair and maintenance of the already expensive technologies.

The high cost involved has led some nations in the equatorial region such as Ghana to rethink their approach to technology. While they are capable of creating their own indigenous solutions to their local problems, they are not at the stage to upgrade these to current international standards. The communications industry is one example. They therefore have to depend on existing products. To reduce the high cost involved in supporting these products, the strategy is to produce engineers, technologists and technicians capable of not only operating, but also maintaining the pieces of equipment proficiently, and where possible, modifying them to better suit their environmental conditions.

This paper describes the cooperative effort between Penn State Wilkes-Barre and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana in incorporating local environmental conditions in a telecommunications program at the baccalaureate level through a student project in Broadband Powerline Communication.


Information dissemination is a major contributor to development and at present, several sources of data are available to those who can access them. The sources are available through the Internet and to access these, two factors must be attended to. These are information communication technology (IT or ICT) and the digital divide. These two are essential for obvious reasons. ICT is a world-wide phenomenon that provides connectivity to all parts of the world, and hence provides access to knowledge in all areas

Ofosu, W. (2008, June), Enriching A Curriculum With Local Content Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3596

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2008 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015