New design-oriented laboratory for the introductory circuits core course at Penn State University

Theresa S. Mayer, James R. Medunick, Chunyu Zhang, Thomas Nelson Jackson

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Abstract

A new design-oriented introductory circuits core course in the Electrical Engineering department at Penn State University is described. The course uses an integrated lecture-lab approach with modular lab assignments that are based on the design, construction, and verification of the electronic components of a simple compact disk (CD) player. Each week, new circuit concepts, elements, and topologies are introduced by relating them to a functional block of the CD player. In addition, the use of integrated design tools such as MicroSim DesignLab P-SPICE and PCBOARDS are emphasized. Initial student feedback indicates that the new course goals of providing a solid conceptual foundation for introductory Electrical Engineering circuit concepts while improving motivation and providing an exposure to integrated design have been met.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-510
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference
Volume1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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In: Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, Vol. 1, 01.12.1997, p. 506-510.

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