Postprint version. Published in The 33rd ASEE/IEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings: Boulder, CO, Volume 1, November 5, 2003, pages T3B-T26.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2003.1263329.
In academic year 2001-2002, an experimental yearlong sequence of courses was taught to EE and CPE majors that replaced the traditional circuits and electronics sequence of required courses. The experimental sequence consisted of three quarters, with the first quarter devoted to digital signal processing, and the next two quarters formed from an integrated approach to circuits and electronics. The two sections of students who took the experimental course now are taking the junior year required courses in their major. An assessment is being made to compare the experimental students with a cohort of traditional students. Preliminary results are given for retention rates and for their respective performance in the required junior year courses.
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