Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset in "Computer Architecture and Organization" Class through a Producer-customer Model

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IEEE Xplore

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2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)


We recently introduced a producer-customer model to fulfill the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Students Outcomes, hence help foster an entrepreneurial mindset in students. In this paper, we use our producer-customer model to craft and add innovative lab assignments to the “Computer Architecture and Organization” course. The new lab assignments are based on the six products or IP cores that we have developed. Each product is either defective or improvable. There are some discrepancies between the behavior of a defective product and its user guide; in other words, a defective product does not work as it should. The performance of an improvable product can be enhanced. Each team of students will first work as a customer to identify the defects or the improvable aspects of a product. They will then challenge another team, the producer, to resolve the issues. We have received encouraging anonymous feedback from students.



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