Hands-On Microprocessor Education at the University of Rhode Island
Date of Original Version
This paper documents the impact of microprocessor technology on electrical engineering education at the University of Rhode Island. Originally introduced as a method of giving computer experience to a larger number of students, it has become a key element in the undergraduate curriculum. “Microprocessor Laboratory” emphasizes hands-on experience by making computers available for “check-out” use at home. It is introduced as a required course at the sophomore level and the textbooks used are manufacturers’ manuals. We employ a series of nine basic exercises and couple these to an end-of-semester project. The course is offered each semester and attracts students from other engineering disciplines and from other colleges within the University. It has been successfully adapted to a five-week summer session and a four-day short course for engineering faculty. The course forms the basis for introducing microprocessors into other, more advanced engineering courses. Copyright © 1981 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
IEEE Transactions on Education
Ohley, William J., and Donald W. Tufts. "Hands-On Microprocessor Education at the University of Rhode Island." IEEE Transactions on Education 24, 1 (1981): 51-54. doi:10.1109/TE.1981.4321439.