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Utilization of MATLAB Simulink Exercises for an Undergraduate Communications Course

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Software and Web-based Learning in ECE

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Electrical and Computer

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23.1349.1 - 23.1349.15



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Brice Aaron Hirst Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Brice Aaron Hirst was born in the town of St. Louis, Missouri on the date of June 16, 1988. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia, Missouri in the year 2006, and received an Associate of Arts with Highest Honors from State Fair Community College in Sedalia in 2008. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology in the year 2011, and is a student member of IEEE as well as a 3-year member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

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Yahong Rosa Zheng Missouri University of Science & Technology

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Yahong Rosa Zheng received the B.S. degree from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China, in 1987, and the M.S. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1989, both in electrical engineering. She received the Ph.D. degree from the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, in 2002. She was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow from Jan. 2003 to April, 2005 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In fall 2005, she joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology where, currently, she is an associate professor. Her research interests include array signal processing, wireless communications, and wireless sensor networks. She has served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member for many IEEE international conferences, including IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference Fall 2008, IEEE GlobeCom 2005-09, and IEEE ICC 2006-09, IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference 2007-08, and IEEE International Sensors Conference 2004, etc. She served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications for 2006-2008. She is currently Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. She has been a senior member of the IEEE since 2007. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award in 2009.

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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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