Conventional approaches to teaching electronics and instrumentation emphasize microelectronics. This paper describes an approach that emphasizes macroelectronics instead. The objectives of the electronics course now focus on giving students the tools they need to create useful electronic instruments composed of functional subsystems. To achieve this goal, a design project is given at the beginning of the course. The design projects are chosen to provide motivation and affirmation of course content. We have used a power supply and a semiconductor curve tracer as example design projects in offerings at our respective universities. The experience has been positive as measured by student responses and their ability to complete useful instruments. We have also used a model corporate structure as a way to organize student efforts and to handle the support needed to ensure success. All students serve a technical role as design engineers. Depending on class size and the size of model companies desired, students vie for executive, marketing, financial, procurement, manufacturing, and technical-documentation positions.
|Number of pages
|IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
|Published - Dec 1998
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering