Asee peer logo

Introducing Applications Design Into A First Year Electronics Device Courses

Download Paper |


1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

Publication Date

June 20, 1999

Start Date

June 20, 1999

End Date

June 23, 1999



Page Count


Page Numbers

4.342.1 - 4.342.3

Permanent URL

Download Count


Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

Theodore E. Fahlsing

Download Paper |

NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

Session 2326

Introducing Applications Design into a First Year Electronics Devices Course

Theodore E. Fahlsing Purdue University


The Electrical Engineering Technology department at Purdue University, West Lafayette extensively revised its curriculum to make it more effective, efficient and motivating for the students. To improve efficiency and motivation topics such as project design were identified and incorporated as a thread throughout the curriculum from entry to exit. Each course coordinator is strongly encouraged to include the topics identified as important thread topics into every course. In the first semester all students are required to complete the first course in a four-course project sequence. This course introduces students to the essential skills of project management, graphical sketching, construction, testing and safety through the fabrication of a working “prototype” of a +5 volt, +12 volt and –12volt fixed power supply.

The design topic thread does not stop with just the project sequence. The thread is developed further by incorporation into other courses and the associated labs whenever the opportunity exists. This paper will describe how the first course introducing electronic devices uses this project thread to motivate students. A picture of a completed power supply project is in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Power Supply

Voltage Regulated Power Supply Design

As with most introductory electronic device courses it starts with the PN junction and applications of diodes. Special emphasis is placed on device specifications. The fundamentals of basic rectification and capacitive filtering are covered in the lecture and the associated labs. The lecture topics are enhanced by using the circuit of the power supply constructed in the first course of the project sequence as a vehicle to explain the design process of selecting the appropriate specifications for the transformer, diodes for the rectifier and capacitor for the filter.

Fahlsing, T. E. (1999, June), Introducing Applications Design Into A First Year Electronics Device Courses Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 1999 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015