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Freshman Experience Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Emphasizing Computation, Simulation, Mathematical Modeling and Measurements.
Abstract Traditionally Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (ECET) curriculum start with a freshman experience course. In ECET program the faculty has taken the opportunity to revamp this course. The paper expounds the challenges and rewards as a result of this undertaking. The whole faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology program numbering into eight faculty members actively participated in this pedagogical task. Realizing one of the weakness of the curriculum is that mathematical modeling is realized in the curriculum in a number of courses with the help of modeling tools like Matlab1, without providing a formal introduction to it. The paper explains how this weakness is addressed head on in the freshman experience course. The course provides the freshmen students with the concurrent experiences in computation, simulation, mathematical modeling and actual measurements of electrical parameters with the physical implementation of the circuits. The faculty by choice have taken upon themselves to make the changes, the essence of which is reflected in this paper. After a lot of deliberation the curriculum committee agreed to make the changes to the curriculum that essentially, prepares the student to function in the market place as the system designer. It was realized that the ECET curriculum should impart to the graduating student enough exposure to pursue a clear comprehension in the areas of theoretical computation, mathematical modeling, simulation and physical measurement. The paper discusses in details the three areas of 1) Network theory, 2) Simulation by the help of Multisim2, 3) Computation and mathematically modelling by utilization of Matlab, and 4) physical implementations of the circuits and pertinent measurements utilizing power supplies, multi-meters and scopes. The course then culminates with an exposure to microcontrollers by utilizing Arduino Open source board. Freshmen in ECET starts their career-bound path with this course. The paper presents here the practice followed by the authors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology at …………………………………. for over two decade of successful course delivery that translate into interactive learning from the students perspective. The pedagogy of the course delivery is based on “Interactive Learning Model”, utilizing the methodology of Outcome Based Education. Outcome Based Education’s end result is the students’ design projects performed at the end of the course. The course is conducted in a lab or studio like settings, that integrates both lecture and laboratory work in the same settings. The paper elaborates the benefits derived through the pedagogical approaches of keeping the learner actively engaged in all aspects of discovery and design. The course interactively involves the learner in directing and defining the material under discourse. Paper provides a road map and serves as pointer to host of design tools that are available that can be incorporated in a similar course offering for Engineering Technology and Engineering programs. Paper provides the content details in terms of topics covered as well as all the labs performed during the course. The paper presents the details of pedagogical approach that was implemented in successful implementation of this course.
Farook, O., & Agrawal, J. P., & Kulatunga, A., & Ahmed, A., & Yu, W., & Lee, Y., & Alibrahim, H. A. (2017, June), Freshman Experience Course in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Emphasizing Computation, Simulation, Mathematical Modeling, and Measurements Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/28388
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