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Outcomes Based Concept Module Development For Systems For Smart Communications

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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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Course and Curriculum Innovations in ECE

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8.906.1 - 8.906.7



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Moeness Amin

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Athina Petropulu

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Ahmad Hoorfar

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William Jemison

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Robert Caverly

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Session 2632

Outcomes-based Concept Module Development for Systems for Smart Communications

Robert Caverly1, Moeness Amin1, Ahmad Hoorfar1, William D. Jemison2, Athina Petropulu3 1 ECE Department, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 19085 2 ECE Department, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042 3 ECE Department, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104

I. Introduction

Smart communications technology has seen increased interest in a variety of applications such as smart antennas, satellite communication systems, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and wireless LANs. The current research in this area encompasses many aspects of antenna and receiver design, antenna control designs, high-speed data conversion (digital to analog and analog to digital) and digital signal processing (a system block diagram is shown in Figure 1). Unfortunately, as with many emerging technologies, it is difficult for students to obtain and grasp the fundamental concepts of smart communications since textbooks have yet to be developed, the volume of research work is large and appears in numerous journals, and the technology spans several disciplines of electrical engineering.

Figure 1. Block diagram of a smart communications transceiver system

The authors are developing, with the support of an NSF CRCD grant, a series of educational concept modules covering both basic and advanced topics in smart communications technology, focusing on microelectronics, antennas and the signal processing elements. This set of topics was chosen to leverage the broad research expertise at the participating universities, which represent a fertile background for introduction of the technology to advanced undergraduate students as well as first year graduate students. The group of participating universities represents a broad spectrum of educational institutions, which will help in making these smart communications concept modules suitable for use in small, medium and large college and university electrical and computer engineering programs. The purpose of the modules is to help both students gain the knowledge they need to contribute to the research and

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Amin, M., & Petropulu, A., & Hoorfar, A., & Jemison, W., & Caverly, R. (2003, June), Outcomes Based Concept Module Development For Systems For Smart Communications Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11756

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