Title: Teaching digital signal processing through modular-based project oriented learning in electrical engineering

Authors: D.G. Kuntalp, G.K. Demir, O. Akay

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, 35160 Buca/Izmir, Turkey. ' Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, 35160 Buca/Izmir, Turkey. ' Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, 35160 Buca/Izmir, Turkey

Abstract: The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Dokuz Eylul University has decided to adopt a modular-based problem/project oriented curriculum in Fall 2002. Current education system consists of two, three, or four week long problem/project-based modules. Different from the conventional approach, in this system traditional courses are taught individually as sequentially covered independent modules. While the first three years consist mainly of problem-based modules, the senior year is purely project oriented. In this study, we present our experiences with modular-based project oriented learning through the example of a senior year module, EE411 digital signal processing. Our experiences suggest that project oriented learning applied in the senior year is an effective method of teaching not only the theoretical or practical aspects of the subject matter but also the necessary qualities for real life experiences of soon-to-be engineers.

Keywords: project oriented learning; POL; modular courses; electrical engineering education; digital signal processing; DSP; higher education; Turkey.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2011.039558

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2011 Vol.3 No.2/3/4, pp.196 - 208

Published online: 28 Feb 2015 *

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