IEEE Transactions on Education vol:57 issue:1 pages:25-33
This paper describes and discusses the implementation of a project-based graduate design course in Telecommunication Engineering. This course, which requires a combination of technical and softskills for its completion, enables guided independent learning (GIL) and application of technical knowledge acquired from classroom learning. Its main implementation challenge is the need for instructors to define graduate-level GIL activities which are unique for the project objectives and scope. This process is required at both the system and sub-system levels. These activities must also satisfy each Program Learning Outcomes and Course Outcomes (PLO and CO). The course initiation, implementation and management from the instructor's perspective are first described. Technical specifications and outcomes from a recently-implemented project entitled "A Human Inspired Telecommunication System" is taken as a case study. Besides explaining students and course evaluation methodology, an empirical assessment of PLOs and COs versus the associated educational activities is also presented. The students' exit survey, with each instrument mapped to specific COs indicated a good satisfaction level, besides accomplishing the intended course objectives.