June 14, 2009
June 14, 2009
June 17, 2009
Electrical and Computer
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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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