June 23, 2013
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Electrical and Computer
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Utilization of MATLAB Simulink Exercises for an Undergraduate Communications CourseAbstractA set of six MATLAB Simulink laboratory exercises was previously designed in 2011 for anundergraduate entry-level communication course. This paper presents our experience of a pilottest on these exercises, followed by their modification and enhancement, and concluding with anapplication of the modified exercises in the spring 2012 offering of the course. The pilot test by astudent in the Spring 2011 class identified several areas of improvement for the previous designof the lab exercises, including details of lab instructions, high level of difficulty in the first twolabs, and partial completeness of the last two labs. Significant effort was then put into themodification and re-design of these labs in Fall 2011, and the enhanced labs were applied inspring 2012 in a class with an enrollment of nine students. Feedback from students was solicitedafter each lab exercise. The results show that the Simulink labs were well received by students,in comparison with a traditional lecture-only approach or a MATLAB script programmingapproach. Some slight changes were also made to address the minor flaws in these labs.Currently, the Simulink labs are ready to be disseminated to the public and are available for freedownload by other universities offering similar courses.
Hirst, B. A., & Zheng, Y. R. (2013, June), Utilization of MATLAB Simulink Exercises for an Undergraduate Communications Course Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22734
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