The design studio is a series of on-line modules, a new approach to the recitation sections of sophomore circuits courses. Students are presented with problems with conflicting criteria that need to be balanced and have multiple solutions. The creators of these discuss the modules, and Rebecca Morrison gives information on the evaluation of them. The names below are linked to pages that contain this additional information, as well as e-mail addresses for these principals from Texas A&M University. These design studio problems can be accessed at
The Design Studio Contact
Rebecca Morrison (e-mail: )
Texas A&M University
After the fact of the design studio, we evaluation it, the teaching assistant, and the help desk for ELEN 214. In the fall and spring, about forty students are in each section of this class. Many biomedical students take this electrical engineering class.
The teaching assistant gives the students a problem and breaks the class into groups. We were pushing the envelope of design knowledge. The students write a report on their proposed design. Later, students can design their own circuit boards in the laboratory.
We asked seven questions in the evaluation. There was an approval rate of 70% positive, for the design studio. The design studio was 5% of the grade, and they could get 5% extra credit. The professors have all responded well and want to continue to use it.
The designs were challenging but rewarding at the design process, when they worked. Design studio questions were better suited to the class than the homework (which is in the book). The design studio had eight assignments that included such things as window defroster, electrical fan, satellite power system, and audio amplifier. The design studio actually solved the problem with economic consideration more realistic to the industrial world.