IEEE Transactions on education vol:33 issue:4 pages:314-319
At the ESAT laboratory (Electronics, Systems, Automation, Technology) of the K.U. Leuven in Belgium, extensive efforts have been made on the implementation of exercise sessions on a PC network. Since 1986, 13 different exercise sessions of eight different courses take place on the network for 300 students of the last three years of electrical engineering. The courses cover several aspects of the electrical engineering education: linear and nonlinear systems, switching and control theory, electronic measurements, digital data transmission, etc. All the exercise sessions are menu driven and have the same pattern so that the students do not need a background on computers or software. The use of a computer permits the student to spend more time on testing and analyzing several solution methods, conditions, restrictions and properties of certain techniques, etc., instead of wasting time on boring repetitive calculations. First of all, an example that demonstrates the advantages of using a personal computer to solve an exercise is given, followed by the purposes of the network. The configuration of the network, its hardware, and software are presented. The contents of each session is briefly discussed and one session is explained more in detail. Student evaluations are described that indicate the success of the exercise sessions on the network.