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WIP: Development of Cross-Listed Electromagnetic Compatibility Course for Future Electronic Design Experts

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

End Date

June 29, 2022

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Division Poster Session

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Yang Shao University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign

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Yang V. Shao is a teaching assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering department at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She earned her Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. Dr. She has worked with University of New Mexico before joining UIUC where she developed some graduate courses on Electromagnetics. Dr. Shao has research interests in curriculum development, assessment, student retention and student success in engineering, developing innovative ways of merging engineering fundamentals and research applications.

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Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is the subject of ensuring that the electronic systems will work as intended in an electromagnetic environment. EMC is important in early electronic design since all modern electronics must comply with EMC requirements. The main objective of this EMC course is to provide a fundamental understanding of electromagnetic interference and EMC principles, as well as to prepare students for EMC circuit design issues in their future careers in industry and academia. The course covers topics such as how electromagnetic interference affects electronic devices, how to design electronic systems that meet the United States and international EMC standards, different coupling mechanisms, radiated and conducted emissions and susceptibility, crosstalk, grounding, and shielding, and system design for EMC.

This course is cross-listed for both undergraduate and graduate students. While the graduate students have a background in wave propagation, antenna radiation, and other related topics, the undergraduate students may only have finished junior-level electromagnetic courses. This diversity in background and students’ objectives creates noticeable challenges for the course design and implementation. The learning objective and assessments need to be carefully designed to best fit both groups of students’ interests. This paper discusses the challenges of how to balance course level, presents detailed course curriculum and content design for a variety of backgrounds, reviews the various teaching strategies, such as active learning, spaced formative and summative assessments, online social connections, etc. Course feedback from the students demonstrates students’ perspectives on an effective online learning experience.

Shao, Y. (2022, August), WIP: Development of Cross-Listed Electromagnetic Compatibility Course for Future Electronic Design Experts Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40787

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