Combining project based learning with exercises in problem solving in order to train analytical mathematical skills

Anna Friesel

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the contents and the teaching methods used in the fourth semester course - REG4E - an important subject in engineering, namely Control Theory and Dynamical Systems. Control Theory courses in engineering education are usually related to exercises in the laboratory or to projects. However, in order to understand complexity of control systems, the students need to possess an analytical understanding of abstract mathematical problems. Our main goal is to illustrate the theory through the robot project, but at the same time we force our students to train their analytical skills by mandatory exercises including problems of abstract mathematics. This paper describes our effort to motivate students to work with the theory. We conclude with our and students' own opinion on their work during the semester. Ideas for future development of this course are presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGlobal Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 2013 IEEE
    PublisherIEEE
    Publication date2013
    Pages383 - 388
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-6111-8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-6109-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference 2013 - Berlin, Germany
    Duration: 13 Mar 201315 Mar 2013
    Conference number: 4
    http://www.educon-conference.org/educon2013/

    Conference

    ConferenceIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference 2013
    Number4
    CountryGermany
    CityBerlin
    Period13/03/201315/03/2013
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • control engineering education
    • control theory
    • educational courses
    • robots
    • teaching

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