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Using Virtual Instruments In A Measurements Laboratory

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Virtual Instrumentation

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8.1265.1 - 8.1265.13

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Michael Parten

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Session 1241 Using Virtual Instruments in a Measurements Laboratory

Micheal Parten Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Texas Tech University

I Introduction

Learning instrumentation and how to make measurements is important to all engineering students early in their academic careers. In many cases, knowing how an instrument works, aids in understanding limitations of instruments. Although learning how to use a single instrument is important, learning to use groups of instruments together to make required measurements and analyze the data is equally important. Virtual instruments can be used to teach all of these areas of instrumentation. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University uses its first project laboratory, offered in the second semester of the sophomore year, to cover measurements, instrumentation and other topics.

II Project Laboratories

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University began stand- alone project laboratories in the early 1960s. The project lab structure has continued to evolve over the past 40 years.1-9 Students take 5, 3-hour credit laboratories not directly associated with any lecture course. Although the laboratories have no directly associated lecture course, they do have pre and co-requisites. In addition, the first 3 labs have general areas of specialization. The objectives of the ECE laboratories, which closely follow some of the ABET suggested “outcomes”10, include the ability to: 1. Identify, formulate, and solve practical electrical engineering problems. This includes the planning, specification, design, implementation, and operation of systems, components, and/or processes that meet performance, cost, time, safety, and quality requirements. 2. Communicate effectively through oral presentations and group discussions. 3. Communicate effectively through written reports and other documents. 4. Design and conduct scientific and engineering experiments, and to analyze and interpret the resulting data. 5. Function and communicate effectively within multidisciplinary teams. 6. Interact with other students, faculty and practicing professionals on professional and ethical responsibility issues.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Parten, M. (2003, June), Using Virtual Instruments In A Measurements Laboratory Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

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