The material consists of a set of text pages that explain basic CMOS behavior along with a few Java applets that visually demonstrate circuit behavior. The user has the ability to input a few circuit changes and observe the corresponding response.
The learning goal appears to be to have students be able to demonstrate the very basic behavior of a few fundamental CMOS circuits.
Target Student Population:
Electrcial Engineering and Computer Engineering students taking basic electronics or an introduction to VLSI design courses
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Circuit theory & some fundamental knowledge in electronics.
Type of Material:
Text & Java applets for self-study
Evaluation and Observation
The content is part of many core curricula in Electrical Engieering and Computer Engineering. The explanations are succinct and to the point. They are understandable by students new to this topic.
The use of multimedia in this courseware does not provide much enhancement of the techning/learning process. The animation is fairly rudimentary. However, the animation may provide some short term visual stimulation to students and thus may help stimulate their initial interest.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The material provides a good introduction to the topics covered. It is useful for students who do not need an in depth understanding of VLSI circuits. The material covers several pertinent topic areas. The material can be readily incorporated into homework problems.
Coverage of the topics may be overly simlified unless the user realizes that the material prtesented only provides a functional explanation and does not describe detailed behavior.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The courseware is easy to use because it is very fundamental and is primarily an exercise in reading the text.
Not really that much multimedia here to worry about ease of use.
Other Issues and Comments:
This tool should be useful for the first introduction to the topic of CMOS circuits design.