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Student Outlook Toward Media Based Modules In Electronics And Network Analysis

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

ECE Pedagogy and Assessment II

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Electrical and Computer

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14.1084.1 - 14.1084.9



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Jean-Claude Thomassian State University of New York, Maritime College

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Dr. Jean-Claude Thomassian received his BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo in 1992 and 1993, respectively, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Toledo in 1995 and 2002. His main professional interests are in mixed mode IC design and electrical engineering education; his recent research activity concentrates on symbolic analysis of circuits and MOS models.

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Anoop Desai Georgia Southern University

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Dr. Anoop Desai received his BS degree in Production Engineering from the University of Bombay in 1999, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from The University of Cincinnati in 2002 and 2006. His main research interests are in Product Lifecycle Management, Design for the Environment, Total Quality Management including tools for Six Sigma and Ergonomics.

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This research explores the use of Media Based Modules in teaching undergraduate electronics and network analysis to develop student insight of engineering basics and to complement traditional teaching methods. It also explores the evaluation outcomes of student outlook towards media based modules. This development as well as lessons learned in the first two years of Media Based Modules in undergraduate engineering courses namely, Circuits, Electronics, Network Analysis, Matlab/Java in computing for engineers, and C++ for digital computation is examined and some figures are presented. A concluding section is offered that evaluates the effectiveness of complementing traditional teaching methods with Media Based Modules.


This paper provides the results of a survey and feedback of an assessment prepared by students on their outlook toward a media based instrument that was employed in the teaching of Electronics and Network Analysis. The analysis of this paper follows comparable studies on media-based instruction. Cohen et al1 who found that students learned additional information from such instruction techniques in contrast to traditional modes of instruction. Moreover, Powell et al2 further explored this analysis and found that such instructional techniques were helpful in raising the GPAs of the students.

PSpice, an acronym for Personal Simulation Program with Integrated Circuit Emphasis, is a general purpose analog circuit and digital logic simulation software used to check the reliability of circuit designs and to predict circuit behavior. SPICE3 was originally developed at the Electronics Research Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley. PSpice is a commercial version of SPICE and is now owned by Cadence Design Systems. Supplementary information about PSpice is available at

Electronics and Network Analysis: Course Outline

The Electronics course deals with an introduction to electronic devices and their applications. The course covers an introduction to the physical operation of semiconductor devices. The basic electronic semiconductor devices such as the diode, the field-effect transistor, and the bipolar junction transistor are studied. Device models are developed to aid in circuit analysis and design. Biasing, small-signal and large signal analysis and the principles employed in the design of electronic circuits are included in the course. Students also gain experience in applying PSpice to electronic design and visualization. Circuit Analysis is a pre-requisite course. Mostly students from the electrical engineering program enroll in this course, as it is a required course for their major. This course is a four credit hour course (two 75 minutes combined with a three hour laboratory meeting each week). A pilot study was conducted for this course. Students completing this course should be able to:

Thomassian, J., & Desai, A. (2009, June), Student Outlook Toward Media Based Modules In Electronics And Network Analysis Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5663

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