This paper describes and discusses the implementation of a project-based undergraduate course on applied electromagnetics in electronics engineering with a conceiving-designing-implementing-operating (CDIO) approach involving active project-based learning (PBL). The course, which requires a combination of mathematical and physics concepts for its completion, allows students to understand the principles of electromagnetic transmission theory in wireless communication systems. This paper presents the course proposal, its project description, and results hinting at the relationship with the CDIO process. The proposed projects allow students to engage in core concepts such as complex vectors, Maxwell’s equations, boundary conditions, Poynting's theorem, uniform plane waves, reflection and transmission of waves, waveguides, cavity resonators, and computer-assisted design. The proposed methodology results suggest that students lowered their perception of the difficulty of the course, and most students recognized a better learning process of the core concepts for this course. In addition, students’ final course grades showed an average improvement of approximately 6% compared with the final grades of other groups with different methodologies.
Electromagnetic education, engineering education, applied electromagnetics, computer aided instruction (CAI), finite difference time domain (FDTD) method, project-based learning (PBL)Educación electromagnética, educación en ingeniería, electromagnetismo aplicado, instrucción asistida por computadora (CAI), método de dominio de tiempo de diferencia finita (FDTD), aprendizaje basado en proyectos (PBL)
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