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Integrated Curriculum And Laboratory Development Of An Undergraduate Telecommunications And Computer Networking Program

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

End Date

June 25, 2008

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curricular Issues in Computer-Oriented Programs

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Information Systems

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

13.755.1 - 13.755.8

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https://peer.asee.org/4082

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Shuju Wu Southeast Missouri State University

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Shuju Wu (swu@semo.edu) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State
University. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current teaching and research interests include telecommunications
and computer networking, IP and overlay multicast, system design and analysis, and
wireless ad hoc networks.

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Ragu Athinarayanan Southeast Missouri State University

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Ragu Athinarayanan received his Masters and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University in 1990 and 1995 respectively.
He is currently Professor and chairperson of Industrial and Engineering Technology Department at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. His research interests are in the areas of image processing, control systems, and robotics.

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Xiaobing Hou Southeast Missouri State University

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Xiaobing Hou (xhou@semo.edu) is a joint faculty of the Industrial and Engineering Technology Department and Computer Science Department at
Southeast Missouri State University. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His current research and teaching
interests are telecommunications and computer networking, operating systems, network gaming, computer programming and applications,
microcontroller systems.

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Sophia Scott Southeast Missouri State University

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Dr. Sophia Scott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University. She currently teaches courses in technical communication, supervision and project management. Dr. Scott received her Ph.D. in Technology Management from Indiana State University. Her research interests include curriculum and lab development, teams, leadership, ethics, experiential learning and project management.

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Integrated Curriculum and Laboratory Development of an Undergraduate Telecommunications and Computer Networking Program Abstract

This paper describes the ongoing development of the integrated telecom curriculum and laboratories. The current laboratory includes a general networking lab and a network security lab. Eventually, we want to offer an enriched curriculum supported by an integrated network environment where traditional telephone network, VOIP, data network and backbone fiber optic network coexist with data, voice and video traffic. Our goal for the lab is to allow students to see an integrated telecommunication system, rather than many isolated parts. We will discuss the current curriculum and laboratory approach and present a prototype of an integrated advanced undergraduate telecommunications and computer networking laboratory.

Introduction

The current growth in telecommunications indicates that, in the near future, not only data, but audio and video services will be integrated and there will be a growing market for bundled services. This industry trend requires broader technical expertise at all levels to develop applications, support the new technologies and maintain the competitive edge required for success in the global environment. Having recognized these needs, Southeast Missouri State University developed a new Telecommunications and Computer Networking (TCN) option to educate and train the necessary workforce for supporting these initiatives.

The Department of Industrial & Engineering Technology at Southeast Missouri State University started the TCN option under the BSIT (BS Industrial Technology) degree in fall 2005 as a major, expanding on an earlier electronic curriculum. The TCN option is a new, unique and multidisciplinary program that offers a variety of courses to give students a broad yet solid background in the area of study. It is unique in that it not only tries to offer students foundation and principles of system design and development from the engineering perspective but also try to expose them extensively to new emerging technologies and equipments through its integrated curriculum and laboratories.

The current TCN curriculum covers digital circuit design, telecommunications and fiber optics, computer networking, network routing and switching, network design and maintenance, system analysis and design, wireless communications and networks, server techniques, and network security. Considering that standard engineering courses focus on the technical aspects, but under- address the challenges in system design and configuration, maintenance and troubleshooting, and pure technical schools do not equip students with enough theoretical background, we created a curriculum to balance both theoretical and technical requirements.

Ma & Nickerson [1] found that hands-on laboratories adhered to goals of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology[2] and gave students a conceptual understanding of engineering, as well as, design, social and professional skills. Survey results from Etkina & Murthy [3] indicate

Wu, S., & Athinarayanan, R., & Hou, X., & Scott, S. (2008, June), Integrated Curriculum And Laboratory Development Of An Undergraduate Telecommunications And Computer Networking Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/4082

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