F2-AL3-4 - Design on Project-Based Learning for Analog Circuits

2. Research-to-Practice Work In Progress
Devika Kataria1 , Gustavo Sanchez1
1 JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur, India

This paper is a Work in Progress and introduces the development of a course Analog Circuits designed for undergraduate students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. This is a six-credit course of duration fourteen weeks and is conducted using Project-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy.   The overall objective of the course is to help students to design projects using  discrete electronic components simple integrated circuits and sensitize them on sustainability goals like power saving by using low power and low cost components, optimized  designs,  standard practices and develop solutions that are useful for society. The Goals, Activities, Products and Assessment (GAPA) for the course are interlinked and logistics planning has been done before the commencement of the semester. The course curriculum has been developed to cover the concepts required for developing sutsainable products, and the topics discussed involve low power amplifiers, oscillators, wave shaping circuits and filters. The students registered for this course have experienced PBL in their previous semesters and have successfully completed a prerequisite course named Fundamentals of Automation Engineering. They are skilled on using the electronic test and measurement equipment, designing Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) and soldering of electronic components on the boards.  The students are granted autonomy in selecting the project components and circuit design; however, the project goals are identified by the instructor and weightage assigned consciously to these goals. Activities are conducted during sessions to help students learn the concepts required for the gradually developing the project. Feedback is taken from the students to compare the planned goals and achieved goals and is analyzed for pluses and deltas. Feedback is also taken periodically to monitor the motivation of students during the various activities, project and assessment stages to make the course stages more interesting for intrinsic learning.  

Keywords: Project Based Learning (PBL), Goals-Activities-Products- Assessments (GAPA).