Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Industrial Engineering

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Jose A. Macedo

Abstract

Professors who manage large classes are unrealistically expected to grade each student fairly and accurately. Even with all of the technological advancements that have occurred in the past thirty years, very little progress has been made in classroom management, and as a result, professors are not equipped with enough tools to successfully manage large class sizes. Because radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is making its way into student issued identification cards, there is an opportunity to use it as a tool to aid professors in the classroom. The focus of this paper is to discover an effective system that can be implemented as a classroom management instrument. Through multi-criteria analysis, two different infrastructures are examined and compared to determine the best alternative: a broad passive ultra high frequency (UHF) system, and a localized passive high frequency (HF) system. It is shown that a passive HF system will lead to a reduction in time spent taking attendance, an increase in student performance, an increase in the fairness and accuracy of recording classroom participation, and an enhanced professor-student relationship.

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