Silicon, Circuits, and the Digital Revolution

Technology -- a means to an end, not an end in itself...

How does a compact disc work?
How does my computer work and what can I do with it?
What is the Internet and what use is it to me?
What is the interplay of science and technology?

photocopying animation
Xerography and photocopying

Course Objectives:

As a result of successfully completing this course you should be better able to:

Analyze simple electrical circuits to assess their function and effectiveness.
State and describe fundamental scientific principles underlying modern electronic devices.
Explain the basic operation of electrical circuits, simple semiconductor devices, and integrated circuits.
Identify the contributions of science and technology to everyday life.

Interpret graphical data and construct graphs to communicate ideas.
Communicate technical ideas orally and in writing.
Evaluate the information content of Internet resources.
Use graphical and other multimedia elements effectively in a webpage.
Create an informative and organized website devoted to presenting a topic of technical interest from various perspectives.

Access timely, relevant, and authoritative information for problem solving.
Construct technical information into a logical framework for decision making.
Establish a frame of mind where quantitative reasoning is embraced.
Work effectively in a group to solve complex problems.

Course Catalog Entry:
Introduction to some of the fundamental science concepts underpinning high technology, emphasizing everyday devices and practical experience, for the development of scientific and computer literacy of non-science majors.


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Last updated November 29, 2004.
© George Watson, Univ. of Delaware, 2000.