June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
October 19, 2019
Electrical and Computer
Integrating Engineering Design into the Entire Electrical Engineering Curriculum
In this paper, the integration of design component into entire undergraduate electrical engineering curriculum program is presented. The implementation of the new curriculum with the integration of design tasks is carried out through adaptation of innovations and recent advances in electrical engineering technology and effective enactment of these state of art techniques to substantially improve the instructional capability of undergraduate instruction. Such a goal is achieved through 4 mottos: start early, be persistent, open more fronts, and cap with a peak. The idea of introducing engineering design in the freshman year is not necessarily new. In addition, the significance of “persistence” in integrating design to engineering curricula has been proposed by several researchers before. However, the refinement of EE curriculum with the integration of design component in all EE courses with emphasis on the overall design experience for capstone project is a transformative approach in EE undergraduate education.
In order to be persistent it is important to include engineering design in freshmen, sophomore and junior years. Certain Computer Science and Computer Engineering courses that require a little less mathematical preparation, such as Intro to Programming, Logic Design and Intro to Microprocessors, are critical to filling the design gap during the sophomore year. Design-rich Electrical Engineering courses, such as Electronics and Control Systems play a major design role during the junior year. Students are exposed to design concepts such as Simulation for design and circuit verification, tweaking of the final design, “divide-and-conquer” as various parts of the circuit are tuned, Mote Carlo and Worst Case Analysis, and many more.
“Opening more fronts” is accomplished by introduction of design-oriented elective courses. The most important ones are courses which directly prepare the students to the quickly looming job market. The design experience that students receive in courses such as Antennas or Photovoltaic Power Systems is already at a level on par with industry. Such design experience must open internship doors for the senior students. The design and implementation of two-semester capstone design project course is also discussed
This paper will present the details of such integration throughout the adapted curriculum for all the courses. Such refinement may provide a national model for possible adaptation by other institutions around the nation.
The collected data and student survey for the past four years? (2014-2018) will be presented to validate the effectiveness and satisfaction of students related to integration of their design experience in comparison with their predecessors and with peers in other institutions.
Roth, Z. S., & Zhuang, H., & Zilouchian, A. (2019, June), Integrating Design into the Entire Electrical Engineering Four-Year Experience Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32984
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