June 22, 2003
June 22, 2003
June 25, 2003
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EXPLORATIONS IN COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS USING A VIRTUAL TOOLKIT
Murat Tanyel Dordt College
A typical communication systems course is rich with processes that are best described by block diagrams. While a typical textbook on the subject may provide examples on the applications of these processes, students are motivated when these block diagrams come alive as they implement these processes and are able to test signals at each block. Such an endeavor requires hardware, space and time allocations that not every institution is prepared to commit. The next best teaching tools are computer simulations in which students can observe signals at each stage of the process. Preparation of such simulations is simplified by software development tools tailored for digital signal processing, such as MATLAB, which has become the standard package most recent communication systems books have adopted. Recent development of data-driven graphical programming languages has provided an improvement over textual languages such as MATLAB by enhancing the conceptual link from the block diagrams of these processes to their computer simulations. This paper is a follow-up on last year’s presentation1, which discussed the development of a virtual toolkit in LabVIEW. It will report on the use of the toolkit in a three-credit Communication Systems course, with examples of how this toolkit was used as an exploratory tool to probe further into the simulated systems.
This paper is a follow-up on a recent paper that describes a simulation toolkit for communication systems and its development with a freshman as the programmer1. In that paper we stated that in the absence of hardware that would reinforce the theoretical presentation, computer simulations of the systems described in class are the next available tools to bring these concepts alive. We also described the particular class environment and the process in which the software development tool, namely LabVIEW, was chosen. Although MATLAB is the standard software tool employed in the areas of signals and systems, as evidenced by the proliferation of books2-4 devoted to MATLAB based exercises in those subjects, the choice of the software tool is justified in 1, 5, 6. In a separate paper, Adams and I discuss this choice from an engineering design aesthetics point of view7.
This paper will report on the first-time use of the toolkit in EGR 363, Communication Systems course offered at Dordt College in Spring 2002. Section II will provide an overview of the in- class presentations that made use of the toolkit while Section III will review some examples that reveal the exploratory facet of the toolkit. Section IV will discuss the student projects and will
Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, Amer ican Society for Engineering Education
Tanyel, M. (2003, June), Explorations In Communication Systems Using A Virtual Tool Kit Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11390
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