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On The Development And Teaching Of A Broadband Communication Based Curriculum At Prairie View A&M University

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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8.889.1 - 8.889.12



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Cajetan Akujuobi

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Session 1732

On the Development and Teaching of a Broadband Communication-Based Curriculum at Prairie View A&M University

Cajetan M. Akujuobi

Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) Electrical Engineering Department, Prairie View A&M University P.O. Box 2117, Prairie View, Texas 77446


We developed a broadband-based curriculum at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). The objective is to meet the demanded need of industry such as Sprint, Texas Instruments, Motorola, and other telecommunication industries by training students in this new area. The intensive exposure of the students to state-of-the-art broadband network testing and design equipment, access technologies, softwares, and techniques prepares the students to be highly productive once they graduate. Therefore, less time is spent in coming up to speed in the work place. This curriculum development is for the training of highly talented students in the area of high-speed (broadband) with emphasis in network design and testing techniques. Three new courses have been developed, two at the undergraduate level (Broadband Communication Systems I and II); and the other at the graduate level (Advanced Broadband Communication Systems). These courses complement the rich curriculum presently offered in the Department of Electrical Engineering at PVAMU. A new high-speed (broadband) access technologies laboratory has also been developed to support both instruction and research. This helps to create an academic instructional and research infrastructure for broadband communication systems-based projects, testing and research.

1. Introduction

Prairie View A & M University (PVAMU) attaches much importance to the training of students like many other universities to meet the needs of future technology trends. As a result of the technology growth shown in the area of broadband communications, PVAMU Electrical Engineering Department has placed much emphasis on trying to develop curriculum and the necessary infrastructure to accommodate this new area of study. This has necessitated the development of new courses, instructional and research laboratory [1], [2].

This paper discusses the development and innovations of a Broadband Communication-based curriculum at PVAMU and the lessons learned that should be very helpful to other educational Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Akujuobi, C. (2003, June), On The Development And Teaching Of A Broadband Communication Based Curriculum At Prairie View A&M University Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12036

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