Macroelectronics: A gateway to electronics education

Stephen A. Dyer, John L. Schmalzel, R. R. Krchnavek, S. A. Mandayam

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Conventional approaches to teaching electronics and instrumentation emphasize microelectronics instead of providing a more general, systems-level approach. We have shifted the focus in the first electronics course from individual devices and circuits (microelectronics) to the system as a whole (what we term macroelectronics). Our preliminary experience with the concept was positive at our respective institutions; a grant 1 allowed us to develop the approach more fully. The macroelectronics approach can be summarized as consisting of two primary elements: (i) treatment of topics chosen by the instructor-later complemented by topics derived from student projects, and (ii) utilization of a project-based learning environment to increase motivation, highlight important topics, and facilitate knowledge-integration. Materials developed to support the macroelectronics approach include an instructor's manual and a variety of exemplar project descriptions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6921-6930
Number of pages10
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2001
Event2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Peppers, Papers, Pueblos and Professors - Albuquerque, NM, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 27 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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