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A Multidisciplinary Problem Based Learning Experience for Telecommunications Students

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  • Carlos Figuera

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Eduardo Morgado

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • David Gutiérrez-Pérez

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Felipe Alonso-Atienza

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Eduardo del Arco-Fernández-Cano

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Antonio J. Caamaño

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Javier Ramos-López

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Julio Ramiro-Bargueño

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

  • Jesús Requena-Carrión

    (Rey Juan Carlos University, Spain)

Abstract

The Telecommunications Engineering degree contains the study and understanding of a wide range of knowledge areas, like signal theory and communications, computer networks, and radio propagation. This diversity makes it hard for students to integrate different concepts, which is essential to tackle real and practical problems that involve different subjects. As a response to this need of integration, a group of professors at Rey Juan Carlos University carried out an educational project based on Problem Based Learning (PBL), called the Wireles4x4 Project. In this project, groups of students build a complete system to autonomously drive a radio controlled car, involving different technologies such as wireless communications, positioning systems, power management, and system integration. The results show that the participating students improve not only their specific knowledge on the involved issues, but also their capability of integrating different subjects of the degree and the skills for autonomous learning.

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  • Carlos Figuera & Eduardo Morgado & David Gutiérrez-Pérez & Felipe Alonso-Atienza & Eduardo del Arco-Fernández-Cano & Antonio J. Caamaño & Javier Ramos-López & Julio Ramiro-Bargueño & Jesús Requ, 2011. "A Multidisciplinary Problem Based Learning Experience for Telecommunications Students," International Journal of Human Capital and Information Technology Professionals (IJHCITP), IGI Global, vol. 2(3), pages 15-28, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jhcitp:v:2:y:2011:i:3:p:15-28
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