Integrated Sensing and Information Processing Theme-based Redesign of the Undergraduate Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum at Duke University

ABSTRACT

The field of electrical and computer engineering has evolved significantly in the past two decades. This evolution has broadened the field of ECE, and subfields have seen deep penetration into very specialized areas. Remarkable devices and systems arising from innovative processes, exotic materials, high speed computer simulations, and complex algorithms make ECE an exciting career field. These fascinating developments present greater opportunities for undergraduates to explore the field of ECE as well as greater challenges for them to navigate the curriculum because of the myriad of courses and areas of concentration choices they have to make. Reflecting innovations in the field and capitalizing on the collective faculty research expertise, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University has redesigned its undergraduate curriculum around the theme of Integrated Sensing and Information Processing.

This paper presents details of the ECE curriculum redesign at Duke University including its philosophy and implementation as well as elements of the redesign that are transferable to other universities. Evidence of increased student ability to design a system or component and to work effectively in teams is presented through statistical analyses of student end-of-course course evaluations. Student design project complexity evolution as the curriculum redesign unfolded is also presented, and this provides further evidence that design and teamwork have enhanced student learning throughout the new curriculum.

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Gary A. Ybarra Duke University Durham, NC

Gary A. Ybarra
Duke University
Durham, NC

Leslie M. Collins Duke University Durham, NC

Leslie M. Collins
Duke University
Durham, NC

Lisa G. Huettel Duke University Durham, NC

Lisa G. Huettel
Duke University
Durham, NC

April S. Brown Duke University Durham, NC

April S. Brown
Duke University
Durham, NC

Kip D. Coonley Duke University Durham, NC

Kip D. Coonley
Duke University
Durham, NC

Hisham Z. Massoud Duke University Durham, NC

Hisham Z. Massoud
Duke University
Durham, NC

John A. Board Duke University Durham, NC

John A. Board
Duke University
Durham, NC

Steven A. Cummer Duke University Durham, NC

Steven A. Cummer
Duke University
Durham, NC

Romit Roy Choudhury Duke University Durham, NC

Romit Roy Choudhury
Duke University
Durham, NC

Michael R. Gustafson Duke University Durham, NC

Michael R. Gustafson
Duke University
Durham, NC

Nan M. Jokerst Duke University Durham, NC

Nan M. Jokerst
Duke University
Durham, NC

Martin A. Brooke Duke University Durham, NC

Martin A. Brooke
Duke University
Durham, NC

Rebecca M. Willett Duke University Durham, NC

Rebecca M. Willett
Duke University
Durham, NC

Jungsang Kim Duke University Durham, NC

Jungsang Kim
Duke University
Durham, NC

Martha S. Absher Duke University Durham, NC

Martha S. Absher
Duke University
Durham, NC

 

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