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The Fundamental Digital Circuits Laboratory At The University Of Central Florida

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.524.1 - 4.524.4

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Bahman S. Motlagh

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Alireza Rahrooh

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Session 2547

The Fundamental Digital Circuits Laboratory at The University of Central Florida

Bahman S. Motlagh, Alireza Rahrooh University of Central Florida


A course in Digital Circuits is an essential part of a well-rounded Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) curriculum. With hands-on experiments significantly improving the understanding and visualization of complex subject matters, a series of laboratory experiments have been developed in order to enhance the teaching and learning processes of Digital Circuits at the University of Central Florida. The laboratory manual has been designed in order to bridge the wide gap between textbook theory and real-life problems, while the laboratory assignments provide the student with both practical and problem-solving experiments to reinforce class lectures.

I. Introduction

The Digital Technology course (CET 3323) has been taught as a required course for electrical engineering technology students at the University of Central Florida since the programÀs inception. The Digital Technology course introduces the concept and application of Boolean Algebra, Karnaugh Map, Combinational Circuits, and Sequential Circuits. The allocation of time amongst lectures and lab work is extremely important for a successful teaching plan. Without a sufficient amount of laboratory experiments, students are left with rather vague concepts regardless of the instructorÀs effectiveness. Laboratory assignments clarify textbook materials and examples, as well as help to close the gap between theory and real-life problems. An efficient laboratory experiment must [1]: clearly relate to and support textbook theory, relate to real life instances, challenge studentsÀ ability to design, build, and test, and encourage student to analyze the design and draw conclusion.

With these considerations in mind a laboratory workbook has been developed at the University of Central Florida for the digital technology course [2].

II. Overview of Laboratory Experiments

The experiments are designed to compliment and reinforce the lecture material throughout the semester [3]. The following lab assignments are in the same sequential order as the material presented in the course textbook:

Introduction to Laboratory Equipment

Motlagh, B. S., & Rahrooh, A. (1999, June), The Fundamental Digital Circuits Laboratory At The University Of Central Florida Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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