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Using The Internet As A Course Textbook

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1118.1 - 6.1118.6



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Elaine M. Cooney

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Kenneth Reid

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Session 1647

Using the Internet as a Course Textbook Kenneth Reid and Elaine Cooney Electrical Engineering Technology, IUPUI


This paper describes the creation and use of an online textbook for a course in Electronics Manufacturing. This project originated when no appropriate textbook could be found in print for EET 360: CIMT in Electronics Manufacturing. Creating an online textbook in this area was possible because of the plethora of information available on the web about electronics manufacturing. Trade magazines and vendors provide a wide variety of up-to-date and in depth information, all presented in easily accessible formats. Another advantage is that students received current, up-to-date information; no printed text could stay as current. In addition to receiving the necessary information for the course, students gained life-long learning skills.

The authors created the course text by constructing web pages for each lecture using OnCourse, an Internet development platform. Each lesson page included objectives, course notes, a list of resources and hyperlinks to required and supplemental readings, and questions or other assignments. Using this format, the faculty could focus the students on the key issues and direct students to web sites that were credible. Students were able to submit most assignments electronically.

Although this course still required class meetings for laboratory experiences, some laboratory simulation tools are also available over the Internet or available for download. In the future, methods can be implemented to make this course accessible to distance learners.


EET 360: CIMT in Electronics Manufacturing is a junior/senior elective designed to give students a broad understanding of the processes involved in producing electronic circuit boards and electronics assemblies. Lectures begin with component fabrication and selection, electronic design and analysis, and printed circuit board fabrication. Through-hole and surface mount technology assembly are studied. Students are required to write a series of short papers on material covered in class. In the laboratory, students tour facilities involved in electronics manufacturing, and learn to use various pieces of manufacturing equipment. There are three semester team projects: a circuit board layout, complete with bill of materials; a production line specification, in which students select equipment for a SMT line and present their line to industry representatives; and an actual build, when a local manufacturer opens its floor to the class to run the equipment and produce product.

Cooney, E. M., & Reid, K. (2001, June), Using The Internet As A Course Textbook Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9978

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