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Title: Improving the freshman electrical and computer engineering lab
Author(s): Eisenhower, William R., Jr.
Advisor(s): Franke, Patricia M.
Department / Program: Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline: Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.S.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): education
ECE 110 (course)
teaching
microcontroller
hardware description language (hdl)
embedded systems
Abstract: This thesis covers the challenges of creating and maintaining an introductory engineering laboratory. The history of the University of Illinois Electrical and Computer Engineering department’s introductory course, ECE 110, is recounted. The current state of the course, as of Fall 2008, is discussed along with current challenges arising from the use of a hand-wired prototyping board with logic gates. A plan for overcoming these issues using a new microcontroller-based board with a pseudo hardware description language is discussed. The new microcontroller based system implementation is extensively detailed along with its new accompanying description language. This new system was tried in several sections of the Fall 2008 semester alongside the old system; the students’ final performances with the two different approaches are compared in terms of design, performance, complexity, and enjoyment. The system in its first run shows great promise, increasing the students’ enjoyment, and improving the performance of their designs.
Issue Date: 2010-08-31
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16978
Rights Information: Copyright 2010 William R. Eisenhower, Jr.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-08-31
2012-09-07
Date Deposited: 2010-08


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