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Teach and Assess an Instrumentation and Control Class for Electronics Technology Students

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Assessment Methods and Learning Pedagogy I

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Engineering Technology

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22.1369.1 - 22.1369.12



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Qiu Liu McNeese State University

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Dr. Qiu Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology at McNeese State University. She had her Ph.D. in industrial engineering from The University of Toledo.

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Teach and Assess an Instrumentation and Control Class for Electronics Technology StudentsAbstractMcNeese State University is located in the Gulf of Mexico corridor between Houston and NewOrleans. The majority of electronics graduates from the Department of Engineering Technologywill find their careers in local process plants together with our process technology andinstrumentation graduates. The department investigation found out that a lot of electronicsstudents are assigned jobs of instrumentation while being electricians at the sametime. Traditionally, electronics students take electronic classes such as circuit analysis, solid-state devices, amplifiers, computer networking etc. There is a gap between their knowledge tothe real-world application in these process plants. To meet the industrial needs, thedepartment designed our curriculum this way: for electronics students, the focus will be theabove-mentioned electronics classes, and add instrumentation classes INST 333 as a mandatoryclass and INST 304 as an elective one.This paper presents the courseware and the assessment for the course INST 333: InstrumentationOverview. This course teaches electronics students with the knowledge of control system andinstrumentation through the following work: 1) Realizing that the current technology trend isthat technicians work more with systems, sub-systems, software, modules, PC boards and soforth, and work less with components and circuits, so in teaching we seek the connectionbetween the functions of the sub-system instead of putting too much emphasis on the internalstructure of components, which they've had deep enough learning in each specific course. 2)Stress how different basic electronic circuits are put together to make instrumentation, and3) Teach what performance each electronic component needs to make in order to build asuccessful control system. At last the assessment method and the result of six years' teaching isgiven.

Liu, Q. (2011, June), Teach and Assess an Instrumentation and Control Class for Electronics Technology Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18665

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