Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset in "Digital Systems" Class through a Producer-Customer Model

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Conference Proceeding

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IEEE Xplore

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2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE)


We introduce a Producer-Customer model and use it to add an innovative portion to the “Digital Systems” course materials. In this work, we have developed and tested ten Intellectual Property (IP) cores, real products, which are either defective or improvable. A defective product does not function as it should. An improvable product works in accordance with its specification; however, it has potential for improvement. Two different directions are possible for improvements: performance or area. Students will work in the customer and then producer settings to diagnose and then resolve the issues, respectively. This work is an attempt to fulfill the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Students Outcomes, hence help instill an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering undergraduates. We have received encouraging evaluations for our innovative work from students.



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