St. Louis, Missouri
June 18, 2000
June 18, 2000
June 21, 2000
5.359.1 - 5.359.11
Innovative Approach to Curriculum Development in Electrical Power Distribution and Loading
Ilya Y. Grinberg, Jack L. Waintraub
State University of New York, College at Buffalo/New Jersey Center for Advanced Technological Education
The past three decades have witnessed a technological explosion in the fields of solid-state electronics, microprocessors, lasers, fiber optics, signal processing, fields that have come to dominate the technical interests of college faculty and students. Because of this significant shift to new technologies, the shortage of electrical engineers and technicians with adequate knowledge of industrial power distribution theory and practice has now reached a critical point. Electrical power distribution and loading as a specific learning module is a timely and essential part of the electrical and power systems curriculum.
The industrial power distribution system, as any engineering system, typically includes three stages of a life cycle. These stages are: • Research And Design • Construction, Assembly, Adjustment • Maintenance
The member of an engineering team (engineer, technologist, and technician) is required to work in three typical situations superimposed with the above mentioned stages of the life cycle: where the work is planned in advance; where there is no advance planning; and where repairs are needed.
Since modern engineering systems are treated in systems categories, it is desirable to apply the systems approach to the curriculum development and teaching methodology 1, 2. An integrated modular approach is a powerful tool in providing concurrent learning, comprehensive understanding of instructions presented, and a demonstration of the effectiveness of an inter- disciplinary approach.
Our approach to curriculum development is consistent with systems concepts3. These concepts are: • Functional Analysis • Requirements Or Criteria • Synthesis • Testing • Communication
Grinberg, I., & Waintraub, J. (2000, June), Innovative Approach To Curriculum Development In Electrical Power Distribution And Loading Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8461
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