Integrating Sensing and Information Processing in an Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate curriculum

  • Ybarra G
  • Collins L
  • Huettel L
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Abstract

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University has completed a full-scale redesign of its undergraduate program based on the theme of integrated sensing and information processing. This theme provides a coherent, overarching framework that links principles of ECE to each other and to real-world engineering problems. The cornerstone of the new ECE curriculum, Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been designed to provide students with a holistic view of ECE and as a roadmap for the remainder of the curriculum. Each of four follow-on core courses integrates lateral and vertical connections to other courses through the use of thematic examples. Following the five core courses are seven ECE technical electives that include a theme-based culminating design course. Early and pervasive experiences with open-ended design and project-based learning are primary objectives of the curriculum redesign. Regression analyses of course/instructor evaluation data and descriptions of student design project complexity after the curriculum redesign are presented indicating a positive impact of the curriculum redesign on student learning.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Automotive engineering
  • Computer science
  • Department Level Reform
  • Design engineering
  • Educational technology
  • Engineering education
  • Engineering students
  • Information processing
  • Integrated sensing and information processing
  • Laboratories
  • Regression analysis
  • Theme-based curriculum redesign
  • Timing
  • computer engineering
  • computer science education
  • electrical engineering
  • electrical engineering education
  • information analysis
  • information processing
  • integrated sensing
  • open-ended design
  • project-based learning
  • regression analyses
  • regression analysis
  • student design project complexity
  • student learning
  • theme-based culminating design course
  • undergraduate curriculum

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Authors

  • G A Ybarra

  • L M Collins

  • Lisa G Huettel

  • Hisham Z Massoud

  • J A Board

  • M Brooke

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