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Peer Review

Combinational Logic & Systems Tutorial Guide



Overall Numeric Rating:

3.1 stars
Content Quality: 3.5 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 3 stars
Reviewed: Nov 22, 2004 by Engineering Editorial Board
Overview: Combinational Logic & Systems Tutorial Guide is a set of web-based text pages
describing the analysis and design of digital logic networks. The concepts are
very fundamental. The guide can be used by students in a self-study mode. The
site covers many in Digital design topics, including Minimization,
Karnaugh Maps, logic Function Implementation using Multiplexers and Tabular
Type of Material: Tutorial Guide containing text with minimal interaction
Recommended Uses: Self-study of digital logic design; could be used in an online class.
Technical Requirements: Basic web browser; Use of Labview Simulator is optional
Identify Major Learning Goals: By completing this module students will be able to use Boolean algebra and
digital design techniques to develop basic logic networks to implement solution
to typical fundamental logic design problems. Students will be able minimize
solutions and use building blocke like multiplexers to efficiently build logic
gate designs.
Target Student Population: Electrical and Computer Engineering students; Computer Science Students
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 3.5 stars
Strengths: The content appears to be correct and well layed out. The sequencing of the
material is good and there is a reasonable amount of navigation to allow for
students to cross correlate concepts. This tutorial has several examples and
Concerns: Very little visual material or interaction. To extend

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Can be used in or out of the classroom. Students will find it easy to use.
Concerns: It is mostly a textbook that has been placed online. It needs to have
interactions built in to make full use of the computer and the net. There is not
very much depth to the material.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: Very straight forward to use. The student need only read the text. Nothing to
learn about the navigation or other operations to operate the basic tutorial
Concerns: To use the exapanded tutorial the student or faculty member must purchase

Other Issues and Comments: < To enjoy the full richness of the tool, a user must have Labview. This
restricts the tools use to a very limited set of students and faculty.