Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Three week short-term full semester coverage Intersession courses were successfully developed by the home institution as a tool to increase student international awareness while delivering substantial technical content. Course offerings have included engineering core and engineering elective courses taught in a short-term study abroad format by home institution faculty. The success in delivering such engineering courses in a three-week format has been demonstrated .
New study-abroad courses in Engineering Programming for all engineering majors, and Signals and Systems for Electrical Engineering majors were developed as Intersession courses taught in London. These courses were developed to be completely portable, where required hardware and software are acquired by students prior to leaving for the study-abroad courses for use at the international location.
The Engineering Programming class used the Raspberry Pi as the computation and programming engine and interfaced it to personal computers via Virtual network Computing (VNC) sharing system. This interfacing allows the personal computer (notebook computer) keyboard and mouse events to seamlessly be used by the Raspberry Pi.
The Signals and Systems course used Matlab as the computational software platform.
The use of a Raspberry Pi in Engineering Programming allowed for instruction in C programming using the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC). The type of programming exercises were widened beyond typical computational-only programs, to sensing and actuating external devices via the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins. The complete kit or “box” consists of a Raspberry Pi 3, power supply, case, Micro-SD Card pre-loaded with the GCC compiler and other required software, select sensors and actuators, and interface cables.
Students are additionally able to expand their understanding of the impact of engineering solutions from a global and societal viewpoint with a visits to Bletchley Park where Alan Turing accomplished his breakthrough work on a deciphering the Enigma Code, and to the British Museum of Computing featuring the Babbage Engine and an exhibit highlighting Ada Lovelace’s breakthrough work on algorithm development.
Assessment of the program consists of the course evaluation, student surveys, and formalized micro-observations.
 Thomas F. Schubert and Frank G. Jacobitz, “Compact International Experiences: One Path to Expanding Student International Awareness Through Short-Term Study-Abroad Elective Engineering Courses”, Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, 26 June 2011
Kim, E. M., & Schubert, T. F., & Abbasi, S. (2018, June), Short-term, Full-semester, Study-abroad Engineering Programming and Signals & Systems Courses Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30961
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