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New Digital Systems Technology: New Challenges in Teaching Digital Technology Courses

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

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June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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June 13, 2012



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International Engineering Education: Developments, Innovations, Implementations, and Pedagogical Challenges in Engineering Education

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25.973.1 - 25.973.10



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Robert De La Coromoto Koeneke-Ramirez Daytona State College

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Robert De La Coromoto Koeneke-Ramirez holds a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and a master's of science in computer science from Santa Clara University in California. He has managerial experience in telecommunication, finance, and food industry. He has been an Adjunct Instructor for more than 26 years at the Computer Science Department at Universidad Central de Venezuela and in the School Electrical Engineering and Computer Science University of Central Florida and, since Aug. 2010, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at Daytona State College.

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Alireza Rahrooh Daytona State College

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Alireza Rahrooh is an Associate Professor of electrical engineering technology at Daytona State College. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Akron, in 1979, 1986, and 1990, respectively. His research interests include digital simulation, nonlinear dynamics, chaos, control theory, system identification, and adaptive control. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi.

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Karla Patricia Moore Daytona State College

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Karla Moore is an Associate Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Daytona State College. She achieved her doctoral degree in the industrial engineering and Management System Department at University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2008. She attained her M.S. in industrial engineering, management track, at UCF in 2004, and her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at the UNEXPO University in Venezuela in 2001. Her recent researches include business processes improvement in healthcare and e-government, quality assurance practices in government entities, application of supply chain model in service organizations, and simulation. She is a specialist in the quality assurance field, with certification in Six Sigma Black Belt, metrology, industrial safety, quality systems, and Internal Auditor for ISO 9000.

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New digital systems technology: New challenges in teaching digital technology courses. Highly complex technologies like Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) have substituted thetraditional small and medium scale integration devices (SSI and MSI respectively) in the designof digital systems during the last two decades. Among the major advantages of this dramatictechnological change are a significant simplification of the design of products and reduction intheir delivery time and cost. Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools are now preferred fordesigning digital circuits over the traditional discrete gate based design. Most of the FPGAsuppliers offer academic institution low cost, or even free of charge, development tools whichare particularly suited for adoption by schools with limited resources. Specifically, schools in thedevelopment countries may benefit for having a powerful development and training platformwith reasonable low cost. This new technology demand a new approach in the way digitaltechnology is taught. In this study we discuss some key strategies that should be considered inthe development of curricula of undergraduate courses in the area of digital technology asrequired by the adoption of best practices in teaching.This is an exploratory study that looks at the experience gained with the teaching of courses inthe area of digital systems in the Department of Engineering Technology at University of CentralFlorida and Daytona State College in last six years. In the mentioned cases, the referredtechnological change has being gradually incorporated into courses of Digital Technology,Digital Systems and Digital Programmable Devices. Two different generations of FPGA’sboards and CAD tools were introduced in the mentioned courses during those years. Similarly,the changes in hardware and the use of CAD tools demanded the use of Hardware ProgrammingLanguage, in which case we adopted VHDL. As result we have available a significant trace ofassessments of the impact of the incorporation of the new technology, which is the base of ourstudy.

Koeneke-Ramirez, R. D. L. C., & Rahrooh, A., & Moore, K. P. (2012, June), New Digital Systems Technology: New Challenges in Teaching Digital Technology Courses Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21730

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