ERIC Number: EJ1142712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Power Electronics with a Design-Oriented, Project-Based Learning Method at the Technical University of Denmark
Zhang, Zhe; Hansen, Claus Thorp; Andersen, Michael A. E.
IEEE Transactions on Education, v59 n1 p32-38 Feb 2016
Power electronics is a fast-developing technology within the electrical engineering field. This paper presents the results and experiences gained from applying design-oriented project-based learning to switch-mode power supply design in a power electronics course at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Project-based learning (PBL) is known to be a motivating problem-centered teaching method that not only places students at the core of teaching and learning activities but also gives them the ability to transfer their acquired scientific knowledge into industrial practice. Students choose a specification to implement from various power converter application projects, such as a fuel cell power conditioning converter, a light-emitting diode (LED) driver or a battery charger. The students select the topology, design magnetic components, calculate input/output filters and design closed-loop controllers necessary to fulfill the requirements listed in the chosen specification and thus meet the project's goals. This paper presents the course teaching plan and teaching methods, assessment method and student feedback.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Electronics, Student Attitudes, Design, Magnets, Universities, Peer Evaluation, College Students, Groups, Pretesting
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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