Fundamentals of Automation Engineering: Recent Innovations in Teaching and Learning


In this paper, recent innovations in teaching and learning related to the course “Fundamentals of Automation” are described. This course is introduced in the first year for freshmen, common for all undergraduate engineering programs. It focusses on creating required competencies for design and maintenance of automation systems. A hybrid Project Based Learning pedagogy is employed, based on three projects, namely, (1) Design and fabrication of a DC power supply,(2) Modelling and simulation of bicycle dynamics, and (3) Design of digital systems The first two projects were completed as per the original plan, however the third had to be modified due to the disruption caused by lockdown. This project was planned originally to be implemented as hardware implementation of tachometer for sensing the revolutions per minute (RPM) for the bicycle wheels. The project was modified to simulation in of combinational circuit for seven segment display for RPM of bicycle wheel. The course plan has been modified and delivery of concepts has been done using online tools. The students have been shared with the handouts, e-books, solved problems and quizzes and evaluation matrix has been conducted using on-line Learning Management System (LMS). Feedbacks on learning as well as motivation grid have been sought from students and an open house session has been conducted with the parents to address their concerns. This paper discusses the course structure, planning, modifications in plans, challenges and solutions for implementation of this course during pre and post lockdown due to COVID 2019.

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H.P Agrawal, JK Lakshmipat University, India
Divanshu Jain, JK Lakshmipat University, India
Devika Kataria, JK Lakshmipat University, India
Gustavo Sanchez, JK Lakshmipat University, India

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Conference: ACE2020
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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