Using software simulators to enhance the learning of digital logic design for the information technology students

Abeer Alsadoon, P. W.C. Prasad, Azam Beg

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Abstract

Making the students understand the theoretical concepts of digital logic design concepts is one of the major issues faced by the academics, therefore the teachers have tried different techniques to link the theoretical information to the practical knowledge. Use of software simulations is a technique for learning and practice that can be applied to many different disciplines. Experimentation of different computer hardware components/integrated circuits with the use of the simulators enhances the student learning. The simulators can be rather simplistic or quite complex. This paper reports our evaluation of different simulators available for use in the higher education institutions. We also provide the experience of incorporating some selected tools in teaching introductory courses in computer systems. We justified the effectiveness of incorporating the simulators into the computer system courses by use of student survey and final grade results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-546
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 3 2017

Keywords

  • Digital logic design
  • computer architecture
  • computer organisation
  • simulators
  • teaching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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