Project Based Learning in Analog Electronics

By Taskin Padir and Andrew H. Jones.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Project based learning (PBL) can effectively be incorporated into a course in analog electronics for the purpose of enhancing student learning. Undergraduate courses in electronics introduce the analysis and design of systems that can be found in electronic devices such as computers, cell phones and mp3 players. Typical course objectives include having students understand the characteristics of diodes and transistors as well as having students design electronic circuits such as amplifiers, power converter circuits, logic circuits and signal generators. This paper will introduce a sequence of two courses in analog electronics that has been restructured to apply PBL techniques. A student-oriented learning approach is adopted in teaching these courses within a PBL framework. Laboratory experiences cover a wide spectrum of activities ranging from structured experiments on foundational concepts to open-ended projects. Sample student projects on sustainability and renewable energy systems, and biologically inspired autonomous robotic systems will be presented. A discussion of the effectiveness of our approach together with the feedback from the students will also be provided.

Keywords: Project Based Learning, Analog Electronics

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 7, pp.73-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.150MB).

Dr. Taskin Padir

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

Dr. Taskin Padir is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste Marie, Michigan). He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) in 2004 and 1997, respectively. His teaching and research interests include robotics, circuit analysis, electronics and machine vision. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, IEEE Education Society and ASEE.

Dr. Andrew H. Jones

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Lake Superior State University, Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

Dr. Andrew H. Jones is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology at Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan). He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) in 2002 and 1993, respectively. His teaching and research interests include microcontrollers, digital design, robotics, and machine learning. He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, IEEE Education Society and Sigma Xi.

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