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Experiences With Assessment Tests For Systems Courses

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Pedagogy and Assessment III

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Electrical and Computer

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14.606.1 - 14.606.16



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Tokunbo Ogunfunmi Santa Clara University

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TOKUNBO OGUNFUNMI, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He earned his BSEE (First Class Honors) from Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Nigeria, his MSEE and PhDEE from Stanford University, Stanford, California. His teaching and research interests span the areas of Digital Signal Processing (theory, applications and implementations), Adaptive Systems, VLSI/ASIC Design and Multimedia Signal Processing. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Member of Sigma Xi, AAAS and ASEE.

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Experiences with Assessment Tests for Systems Courses


Linear (Signals and) Systems and Digital Signal Processing courses are core components of undergraduate curricula in electrical engineering programs worldwide.

The Signals and Systems Concept Inventory (SSCI) is a set of multiple-choice questions that measures students’ understanding of fundamental concepts in continuous-time and discrete-time systems. There are two versions of the SSCI Tests. One deals with Continuous-Time (CT) systems and the other deals with Discrete-Time (DT) systems.

Since Fall 2005, the CT SSCI Tests has been administered in every offering of our Linear systems course. The DT SSCI Tests has also been administered in the subsequent course on Digital Signal Processing. We have much data from both tests. The tests fulfill the ABET requirement for assessment. It also helps track the effectiveness of teaching styles by testing whether the students are learning the basic concepts in the course.

In this paper, we present and analyze recent results of our SSCI CT Tests in the Linear Systems course. We analyze the results to assess the students’ performance from year to year and determine evidence of learning outcomes. We offer useful suggestions for future offerings of the courses based on our findings. Some conclusions are made on whether we meet our assessment goals and on the efficacy of the SSCI CT Tests.

Ogunfunmi, T. (2009, June), Experiences With Assessment Tests For Systems Courses Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5792

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