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Peer Review




Overall Rating:

3.5 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Mar 02, 2005 by Engineering Editorial Board
Overview: Lecture/Presentation, students studying high power electronics. There are several SCR circuit configurations that are analyzed and simulated using JAVA, MATLAB and PSPICE.
Learning Goals: Simulation of SCR circuits and some interactions for the students. Simulation and graphical representation procedure for a number of SCR circuits might benefit some students. It is unclear how this material directly enhances learning, however it is a good resource for students who are beginning to learn the typical simulation tools used in electrical engineering.
Target Student Population: Electrical Engineering students majoring in high power electronics.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic circuit analysis and introduction to electronics.
Type of Material: Lecture/ presentation with minimal graphing interaction. There is a Java portion that has some interaction if Java is enabled.
Recommended Uses: It is a good resource and reference for students learning this material. I would
recommend this to my students.
Technical Requirements: Java for complete operation.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The main strength of this work is providing many simulation approaches in
addition to the mathematical analysis. The graphs are useful as well as simulation approaches.
Concerns: Going into depth in one or more examples in an attempt to go beyond the
traditional teaching would have been a better strategy.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: A Reference material for high power electronics and a resource that students can use and learn on their own.
Concerns: None.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Easy to use.
Concerns: None.

Other Issues and Comments: None.