INNOVATIONS BY THE ECE FACULTY IN TEACHING AND LEARNING

  1. Innovationin teaching and learning:
    • Demonstration using industrial standard simulation software
    • Group Assignments
    • Teaching through research papers
  2. Department: Electronics and Communication Engineering
  3. by the Faculty: Prof. Gaurav Chaitanya
  4. Subjects:
    • Electromagnetic Field theory (EC5001)
    • Antenna and Wave Propagation (EC604)
    • Microwave Engineering (EC704)
  5. Class: EC III Year and IV Year
  6. The objective of Innovation:

According to a report by FERMAT (Forum for electromagnetic research methods and application technologies) – In India, it is observed that the subjects like Electromagnetic theory, Antenna and Wave Propagation, Microwave Engineering etc. in undergraduate program of ECE is losing interest among the students due to its complicated mathematical nature and requirement of lot of imaginations. In spite of core subjects of the discipline the students adopt casual approach about these subjects and it remains effectively unexplored. As a result, RF communication based industries are lacking qualified antenna designers and microwave engineers to cater the needs.

Therefore, with the motivation developed during various faculty development programs on effective teaching, following are some innovative teaching and learning practices experimented during last year-

 Demonstration using industrial standard simulation software

Description of the method- The subjects mentioned above based upon laws of electricity and magnetism which were established through experimentation. Therefore they require strong physical reasoning to establish the electromagnetic phenomenon.

The parameters under investigations like radiation patterns require a strong imagination and thinking capability. Use of electromagnetic structure simulation software provided a virtual environment to observe and analyze the physical picture of every mathematical postulated one carries out.

Significant results observed– The demonstration using simulation software enables the students to develop clear understanding of the concept maintaining the theoretical aspect in mind. It gives an understanding of the approach used by the industry to develop and design a prototype or a product.

Group Assignments

Description of the method– The students were asked to submit a group assignments in the form of course project in a form to investigate any practical electromagnetic structure on several parameters and present the review. They were also asked to simulate the product on the EM software available in the laboratory. The objective is to develop technical and soft management skills in the student.

Significant results observed– The students develop soft management skills like teamwork, coordination, decision making, organizational behaviour, leadership, time management and presentation skills along with the enhancement in technical skills through in-depth investigation, product design, prototype, working in RF environment and calibration of test instruments.

Teaching through research papers

Description of the method– In order the encourage the students to read, understand and discuss the technical terms given in quality literature and understand its implementation in emerging technologies and recent advancement some of the topics from the syllabus are taught through research papers.

Significant results observed– The students developed their habit to refer classic papers from reputed journals and transactions like IEEE Transaction on Antenna and Propagation, Microwave Theory techniques, IET etc. They developed their understanding over the recent advancement in the field; know the peer community and familiar with technical way of documentation.


 

Innovation In Teaching & Learning: Mini Model

Department: Electronics & Communication.

Faculty: Jaypal Singh Rajput.

Subject: Electronic Devices & Linear Integrated Circuits.

Class: EC-1, IInd year.

The Objective of Innovation:

To develop a holistic approach to the key concepts of electronic components, circuits and the concept behind it.

Description of the Innovative Method:

There is a scheme of assignment on the subject, which stands certain marks as sessional for a student in each semester for the particular subject. I used it as an opportunity and instead of giving a paper pen assignment I prepared a list of practical/working model projects based on the key concepts which were mentioned in the syllabus. I.e. 555 timer, Op-amp, Flip-flop based working models, which included the use of components such as diodes, capacitor, resistor, inductor, Ldrs, transistors, potentiometer, transformers etc. It was allotted for a group of 2-4 students. This posed a real task ahead of students to thoroughly go through the working and role of the components, the concept behind circuitry and the art of calibrating it properly in due time.

Significant Result Observed:

At the end of the semester, each student was very well-versed with the concept of electronic components, circuits, Opamps in a practical sense which helped them to not only grasp the concept which was intended to be covered but also motivated them to explore more towards the direction of the innovative and interesting field of electronics.

 


 

Innovation in teaching and learning : Van De Graff  Generator

  1. Department: Electronics and Communication
  2. By the Faculty: Sourabh Mishra
  3. Subject: Electromagnetic Theory
  4. Class: EC-III year
  5. The objective of  Innovation: The objective of this innovation is to practically demonstrate the basic concept of the subject. Through practical demonstration, students will be able to visualize and think over keen concepts of electric field and their applications in complex engineering problems.
  6. Description of the Innovative method: In modern times, the application of Van De Graff generators is largely limited to academic purposes to demonstrate the practical aspects and concepts of electrostatic behavior of particles. Primarily designed as a particle accelerator, the Van De Graff generators are used in laboratories for demonstration purposes only. Van de Graff generators were one of the first methods used to study nuclear physics before the advent of better methods to accelerate particles. The beam of these charged accelerated particles is used to trigger the nuclear reaction. Accelerated particle beams are used to break atoms for various experiments in physics.
  7. Significant results observed : This type of generator helps students to have better understanding of obscure concepts of electric field, electric dipole, and electric discharge. We are using this model for particle demonstrations.

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