Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2004 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


1-14 (9.190)

Conference Name

2004 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20-23, 2004


As technology advances, the price of a PC drops dramatically. This trend has resulted in PCs that are complex, powerful, and very affordable. Today's PC is a popular and essential tool in teaching software programming course(s) in C, C++, Visual Basic, or Java, running commercial software supporting courses in circuit simulation/design or circuit board layout, and acting as a workstation to gain access to the Internet or LAN networks. In most Engineering Technology curricula there is a limited amount of linkage between those PC applications. The actual effort to merge the hard-gained knowledge of hardware & software concepts together through a useful project implementation is also rare. This article is aimed at using the PC in ET upper-level courses as a focal point to help to reinforce knowledge between different fields of interest, such as communication, automation control, microprocessor, software programming, and system integration.


© (2004) American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 20-23, 2004.

Original Publication Citation

Hsiung, S., & Jones, R. (2004). An integration of PC hardware and software in teaching engineering technology courses. Paper presented at the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah.