A program is proposed that alleviates to some extent the educational problems created by the introduction of the many new technical areas into electrical engineering. It presumes the time-tested philosophy of circular learning, namely, successive review and extension of knowledge and understanding with successive courses. We propose a one year program that provides a broad overview of the foundations to all subsequent courses; thus included within this program are the first essentials of a wide variety of later studies. In addition, it is proposed to divide the science of electrical engineering into broad fundamental areas which will be made up of the appropriate parts that are taught today separately. Included, as a fundamental concept in this scheme, is also proposed to embed in the already existing areas any new diverse topic such as optics, superconductivity, etc. In the present study we have used the optics to test our new philosophy on engineering education.
Alexander D. Poularikas,
"Teaching optics in electrical engineering curriculums", Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57852; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.57852