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Full Paper: The Biola Uno Project, A Cost-friendly and Experience-enriching Learning Module for Introductory Embedded Systems

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Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled

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Davis, California

Publication Date

April 30, 2020

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April 30, 2020

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October 10, 2020

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8

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Joshua Williams Biola University

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Joshua Williams is an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at Biola University.

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Audrey Chyiwen Tseng Biola University

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Nathan Chism Biola University

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Electrical Engineering student at Biola University.

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Stanley Shie Ng Biola University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-3021-8206

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Stanley Ng received his BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of California Irvine and MS in Biomedical Diagnostics from Arizona State University. Since then, he has been faculty of engineering at Biola University and currently serves as the Director of Engineering Programs. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at University of North Dakota.

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Abstract

The purpose of the Biola Uno Project is to provide an engineering curriculum that bridges analog and digital circuits courses for pre-engineering students. In the engineering coursework, digital circuits and embedded systems are highly valuable subjects for many students and apply to future classes such as mechatronics or introductory robotics. In embedded system courses, students may usually assume a “black box” and make technical assumptions of an overall circuit design. Typical digital circuit courses fail to cover material that deals with the actual build of the microcontroller, which is a collection of analog circuit content. The popular, consumer-friendly Arduino Uno allows for a low-cost, easy entry for students interested in digital circuit applications. However, the moment a student uses an Arduino Uno, concepts learned in analog circuits is minimized, and the focus turns to code. However, the components that make up an Arduino Uno uses fundamentals learned in analog circuits. The project provides a module to help students ease their transition from analog to digital circuits. The Biola Uno Project serves to provide institutions with an open-source lesson module that helps motivate students, allows an opportunity to design, and includes material that scaffolds the engineering curriculum. For institutions with limited resources, this provides students with an enriching educational experience that promotes high impact learning outcomes through increased active learning, project-based learning, and developing greater meaning. Pre and post-activity surveys were given to collect student responses to the learning module as well as feedback to improve the learning module further.

Williams, J., & Tseng, A. C., & Chism, N., & Ng, S. S. (2020, April), Full Paper: The Biola Uno Project, A Cost-friendly and Experience-enriching Learning Module for Introductory Embedded Systems Paper presented at Proceedings of the 2020 ASEE PSW Section Conference, canceled, Davis, California. https://peer.asee.org/36039

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