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Unformatted text preview: PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR ARTICLE This article was downloaded by: [CDL Journals Account] On: 28 March 2009 Access details: Access Details: [subscription number 785022369] Publisher Routledge Informa Ltd Registered in England and Wales Registered Number: 1072954 Registered office: Mortimer House, 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH, UK Computer Science Education Publication details, including instructions for authors and subscription information: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t713734307 A puzzle-based seminar for computer engineering freshmen Behrooz Parhami a a Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Online Publication Date: 01 December 2008 To cite this Article Parhami, Behrooz(2008)'A puzzle-based seminar for computer engineering freshmen',Computer Science Education,18:4,261 277 To link to this Article: DOI: 10.1080/08993400802594089 URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08993400802594089 Full terms and conditions of use: http://www.informaworld.com/terms-and-conditions-of-access.pdf This article may be used for research, teaching and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden. The publisher does not give any warranty express or implied or make any representation that the contents will be complete or accurate or up to date. The accuracy of any instructions, formulae and drug doses should be independently verified with primary sources. The publisher shall not be liable for any loss, actions, claims, proceedings, demand or costs or damages whatsoever or howsoever caused arising directly or indirectly in connection with or arising out of the use of this material. A puzzle-based seminar for computer engineering freshmen 1 Behrooz Parhami* Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA We observe that recruitment efforts aimed at alleviating the shortage of skilled workforce in computer engineering must be augmented with strategies for retaining and motivating the students after they have enrolled in our educational programmes. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, we have taken a first step in this direction by offering a required freshman seminar entitled Ten Puzzling Problems in Computer Engineering. This one-unit pass/not-pass gateway course, which is graded based solely on attendance, introduces our students to some of the most challenging problems faced by computer engineers in their daily professional endeavors and at the frontiers of research. To accomplish this feat in a manner that is both understandable and appealing to freshmen, the problems are related to popular mathematical and logical puzzles. Each 1-hour class session begins by introducing the students to puzzles of a particular kind and letting them participate in formulating solutions. Historical context, background,and letting them participate in formulating solutions....
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course ECE 1 taught by Professor Chen during the Fall '08 term at UCSB.
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