Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2014, 2, 9-12
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How to cite this paper: Xiang, J. (2014) Research on Teaching Methods for Communication Engineering Students in Colleg-
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Research on Teaching Methods for
Communication Engineering Students
in Colleges
Jian Xiang
School of Information and Electronic Engineering, Zhejiang University of Science and Technology, Hangzhou,
Email: freenyspi@gmail.c om
Received December 2013
The purpose of communication engineering education in independent colleges is to develop ap-
plication-oriented talents. In personnel training, we should consider the demand for training de-
mand about the regional economy. It is necessary to make the majors improve and develop itself
with regional economic developments. In this paper, we propose a series of effective strategies to
solve our problems in personnel training in communications engineering education.
Component, Teaching Methods, Research, Independent College, Students
1. Introduction
It is training the qualified engineering professionals in accordance with the national requirements is the teaching
goal of the specialty of communication engineering. At present, the electronic and information technology shows
a variety of trends of development [1].
On the one hand, due to the rapid development of the communication industry, the electronic devices such as
optoelectronics, microelectronics, nanotechnology and microwave devices [2] and other new devices are emerg-
ing, which led to the emergence of the new systems.
On the other hand, in the fields of communications and electronic systems, including communications, broad-
casting, radar navigation, satellite, remote sensing, aerospace, wireless and wired access networks, the develop-
ment and application of new technologies [3] have got broader space as a result of the continuous emergence and
improvement of new devices.
Besides, in terms of the demands of the country and society, to provide faster, better, and more reliable infor-
mation and technology services in larger quantities has become a major task of both the academic community and
the industrial world [4].
2. The Current Teaching Situation and Main Problems
At present, the problems of the teaching of communications engineering specialty primarily reveal in the fol-
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lowing three aspects.
2.1. The Students Lack of Motivation for Learning
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dents lack of motivation for learning, the students who have indifferent attitudes toward study are common, the
absenteeism is more serious.
Most of the students have different interpretations for their learning purposes, some think that they go to col-
lege for the purpose of finding a good job in the future; some think that they have to do so because they have been
admitted; only few students choose to study hard so as to achieve personal values.
In addition, as the college students have more free time, some become at a loss, and do not know how to ar-
range their spare time, and some even come to indulge in the online games and the Internet chats, unconsciously
and gradually they begin to slack off psychologically, end in escaping the classes.
2.2. Professional Courses Need to Be Updated
The out-of-date teaching content is bad for the teaching, for the information technology has been rapidly devel-
oping; we urgently need to integrate the advanced technology into our teaching practice. However, despite the
domestic and foreign communication professional teaching materials have changed a lot, it is a longer period
from developing the new technologies to writing them into the teaching materials. Because the existing materials
are difficult to reflect the current development of new concepts, applications and research, it is a challenging task
to blend the current hot issues concerning the technological research and application in the communication discip-
lines in the teaching system.
2.3. The Challenge of the Experimental Teaching Practice
There exist such major problems in the current experimental teaching system as some experimental teaching
models are so monotonous that they are lagging behind the rapid development of todays electronic and informa-
tion technology.
The Communication Engineering teachers bear a certain amount of advanced scientific research projects, some
of the research findings have been transformed into the experimental teaching content, which are only tip of the
iceberg.The students, especially the excellent undergraduates have no access to the latest technology, but rather
remain in the knowledge in the books, which is very unfavorable to foster the innovative consciousness and abili-
3. Ideas and Practice Scheme
In the light of the current situation and problems in the training of the Communication Engineering personnel,
we summarize that the comprehensive strategy for the construction of the communication engineering specialty.
3.1. The Course Construction
As to the aspects of constructing the professional courses and improving the teaching quality, we focus on the
construction of the specialized core course groups and professional orientation course groups. Through the con-
struction of the specialized core course groups, we focus on the high-qualified teachers, improve the teaching
quality of the specialized core course groups, enabling the students to lay solid foundations for mastering the
knowledge of the follow-up professional courses.
In accordance with the current social needs for the professionals, there are the mobile communication orienta-
tion and the network communication ones set up in the specialty of communication engineering. Therefore, the
construction of the professional orientation courses focuses on the construction of two core professional course
groups, in the way of the teachersscientific research teams stimulate the teaching teams, to achieve the good in-
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teraction between the teaching and the research, and introducing a large number of engineering projects, new
technologies and new applications into the professional course teaching.
Meanwhile, in the process of the construction of the professional orientation course groups, we put emphasis
on creating a few bilingual programs. The bilingual education has not only become an important indicator in the
university teaching evaluation, but also an important task for the reform of university education. The most impor-
tant purpose of language teaching is to improve the exchange of expertise, so as to carry out the international
communication and cooperation, while allowing the students to learn the new knowledge and skills in their own
major s.
3.2. Construction of the College Students’ Scientific and Technological Activities
The college students’ extra-curricular scientific and technological activities play an important role in the profes-
sional training and constitute an integral part of higher education teaching work, which are an important part of
the campus culture and effective embodiment of style of study in the schools. The extra-curricular scientific and
technological activities are practical ones in which the students identify, analyze and solve the problems by com-
prehensively using their knowledge and skills. Through the extra-curricular scientific and technological activities,
the students can not only find out their own values, but also make it possible to do something in a lot of spare time,
avoiding breeding of school weariness, which are conducive to the cultivation of the innovative consciousness
and abilities.
We will gradually carry out the “continuous four years” activities, namely, the extra-curricular scientific and
technological activities for the college students major in communication engineering, the specific practices are as
The credit system for the freshmen’s extracurricular activities
In order to allow the freshmen to learn more about communication, electronic technology, and cultivate their
interest in communications engineering, we take the lead in carrying out the elective credit system for the stu-
dents who participate in the extra-curricular scientific and technological activities among our freshmen major in
communication engineering. Each student can select the appropriate scientific and technological activities ac-
cording to their interests and preferences.
The elective courses concerning the electronic production for the sophomore
As the second year of university is a stage for the students to learn the specialized core courses, by creating
the electronic production-related elective courses in combination with relative courses, the students can be ef-
fectively attracted to the electronic technology, so their interest can stimulate their enthusiasm for learning. By
the students’ designing the simple circuit and wire connections and commissioning by themselves, we can fur-
ther improve their practical abilities, so as to lay good foundations for the students’ future development as well
as cultivate talents and reserve forces for the branch institute to participate in a variety of electronic design
The research projects for junior students
By including the innovative education ,which takes the innovative extra-curricular activities in science and
technology as the main content , into the normative education system, we cultivate the students’ innovative spirit
and practical ability, inspire their innovative consciousness, improve their overall quality, create good style of
study, and create a strong atmosphere of campus technology and academic research ,so as to guide them actively
participate in the knowledge innovation and carry out scientific research as well as positively promote a large
number of students into the studentsresearch projects.
Students in higher grades to participate in their teachers’ research projects
The students in higher grades have completed specialized basic courses and some specialized courses, espe-
cially those have participated in various practical activities and student’s research projects, they have already
acquired the preliminary research capabilities. In order to further develop the students’ abilities and sense of in-
novation, we guide and motivate the teachers to make their sub-topics of their research projects as the source of
the students’ topics of their graduate projects. By participating in their mentors’ research projects, the students
can learn how to behave themselves besides various practical skills. To experience the necessity of teamwork in
the research team and understand the importance of responsibility, which are the greatest wealth that the scien-
tific and technological activities brought to them.
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3.3. Construction of Teacher Teams
The teachers’ research work is a source of teaching innovation, where there is no research there is no innovation.
Practice shows that most of the well-known teaching masters in the domestic and foreign universities are scien-
tists with strong research abilities and prominent scientific research achievements. The teachers good at scien-
tific researches are not necessarily to do well in teaching, but the teachers who engage in no scientific researches
are definitely bad at the university teaching work. Success in the scientific research is the basis for improving
teaching quality.
Success in teaching is also an important way to promote the transformation of scientific research achieve-
ments and enhance the efficiency and quality of the scientific research.
By absorbing the students in higher grades into teachers’ research projects and allow them to spread innova-
tive thoughts, ideas, knowledge and methods college etc. through their practice, so as to turn them into produc-
tive forces or cultural consumer goods.
By organize the teachers with the same or similar specialties into a long-term cooperative team and carry out
regular communication and exchanges among team members, we can achieve the information sharing teaching
material and mutual exchanges of needed products in the aspects of case studies, research materials and teaching
methods, so as to be favorable in updating the teaching content.
4. Conclusion
Based on highlighting the students’ general education ,our talent training program puts emphasis on the cultiva-
tion of professional core basic knowledge, focusing on the orientation and flexibility of the specialties , attach-
ing great importance to the teaching of the students’ practical aspects, and further highlighting the students’
practical skills training, and taking employment as the orientation in the aspects of training objectives, training
requirements, curriculum and professional orientation setting as well as personnel training mode, so as to meet
the demand for professionals in all kinds of enterprises and institutions.
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