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The Influence Of Demographics On An Introductory Circuits Course

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

End Date

June 15, 2005



Conference Session

Emerging Trends in Engineering Education Poster Session

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10.1296.1 - 10.1296.10



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Carlotta Berry

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This paper evaluates the performance of engineering students in an introductory circuits course during the period of Fall 2000 through Spring 2003 at Tennessee State University (TSU). TSU is a historically black university in Nashville, TN with an approximate enrollment of 9000 graduate and undergraduate students with 500 full- and part-time faculty. The College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science has an approximate enrollment of 1000 students and 8 majors. This paper will evaluate student performance based upon gender, major, class, requisite performance, and the number of times an introductory circuits course was taken. This circuits course is required by all engineering majors including civil, architectural, mechanical and electrical engineers and it is the gateway to all upper level courses. This data will be used to determine general trends in student performance in order to redesign the course and laboratory to be more successful. Success in this context is defined as a reduced attrition rate as well as increased student performance as determined by final grades. This document will present the results of the statistical analysis of the student data and the presence of any significant negative or positive correlations.

Berry, C. (2005, June), The Influence Of Demographics On An Introductory Circuits Course Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15228

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