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Integrative approach to teaching electronics design
Author(s): Donald G. Bailey; Ken Mercer; Bob O'Driscoll; Colin Plaw; Wyatt H. Page; Ross Nilson
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Paper Abstract

Students in the introductory electronics papers work together on a group project in parallel with their regularly scheduled lectures and laboratories. Each team of four students has to design and construct a complex electronic system. The staff involved with the project act as consultants to the design teams. The project is integrative in that it combines together a wide range of tools and techniques form across the spectrum of topics covered in lectures. The system to be designed is split into seven modules, with each module defined explicitly through a set of specifications. For each module, students are required to design a suitable circuit to meet the specifications, verify their design through simulation, prototype their design on breadboard, and realize their design on a PCB. By running the design project in parallel with the theory, the project improves the students understanding of the theory at the same time as developing design skills. An important factor to the success of the project is that the students find it fun.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4228, Design, Modeling, and Simulation in Microelectronics, (24 October 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405416
Show Author Affiliations
Donald G. Bailey, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Ken Mercer, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Bob O'Driscoll, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Colin Plaw, Massey Univ. (New Zealand)
Wyatt H. Page, The Open Group (New Zealand)
Ross Nilson, The Open Group (New Zealand)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4228:
Design, Modeling, and Simulation in Microelectronics
Bernard Courtois; Serge N. Demidenko; Lee Y. Lau, Editor(s)

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