June 14, 2015
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Introducing Students to Electronic Devices and Electric Circuit Applications at Early Level in the Engineering Curriculum through Multiple ProjectsThis paper presents an approach to introduce the field of electronics to students taking ElectricCircuits through multiple projects in which the students learn about some of the fundamentalelectronic devices such as diodes and transistors, and some of the widely used sensors such asPiezoelectric Sensors. In addition to this, students will apply techniques often taught in subsequentcourses such as second-order transient response. These topics are not typically covered in atraditional Electric Circuits course; therefore, this approach will be extending the material andbridging the gap between Electric Circuits and Electronics courses. At the College of Engineeringat the authors’ institution, the Electric Circuits course is taken by students majoring in electrical,computer, mechanical, civil engineering, and engineering education. Depending on their majors,students are introduced to the world of electronics in a separate course (if at all). This leaves thestudents with the question of “How do the theory and analysis methods learned in Electric Circuitsclass relate to real world applications.”The students will work in teams during this project and they are given multiple projects to choosefrom such as: car alarm theft prevention circuit, and accelerometer measuring op-amp circuitwhich can be used to deploy a car air bag during a collision. The circuit schematics are given tothe students; however, these circuit schematics include components that are not covered in theclass such as diodes, transistors, sensors, etc. The students are initially required to perform twotasks; a research study on the different components of the selected circuit; and then the submissionof an initial report that describes the functionality of these basic electronic devices and thefunctionality of the overall selected circuit. The project also requires students to form teams of twoto four students; each team must include students from different disciplines. In addition, all teamsare required to first test the circuit by simulation and then layout and fabricate the circuit on aprinted circuit board. The final deliverable is a working prototype.The paper presents the details of the projects which include project description, the project learningoutcomes along with their assessment, the rubrics used for evaluation of students’ work, and thelessons learned throughout the project implementation. Additionally, the paper provides anassessment of the students’ attitude toward the project – especially learning new electronicsconcepts and electric circuit applications. A survey is used to gauge the attitude of the students andpredict whether the project retains the students and even attracts them to the Electrical andComputer Engineering majors.
Alsbou, N., & Al-Olimat, K. S., & Labay, V. A., & LeBlanc, H. J. (2015, June), Introducing Students to Electronic Devices and Electric Circuit Applications at Early Levels in the Engineering Curriculum Through Multiple Projects Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24365
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