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A brief introduction to engineering computation with MATLAB
A brief introduction to engineering computation with MATLAB
A Brief Introduction to Engineering Computation with MATLAB is specifically designed for students with no programming experience. However, students are expected to be proficient in First Year Mathematics and Sciences and access to good reference books are highly recommended. Students are assumed to have a working knowledge of the Mac OS X or Microsoft Windows operating systems. The strategic goal of the course and book is to provide learners with an appreciation for the role computation plays in solving engineering problems. MATLAB specific skills that students are expected to be proficient at are: write scripts to solve engineering problems including interpolation, numerical integration and regression analysis, plot graphs to visualize, analyze and present numerical data, and publish reports., Textbook, Published. First published Aug 25, 2011 ; Latest revision Dec 13, 2017.
An Electrician's Guide to Single Phase Transformers
An Electrician's Guide to Single Phase Transformers
Being able to step voltages to a higher value and step voltages down to a lower value is one of the benefits of alternating current. This book will explain how this is possible through transformers with a focus on single phase., Not peer reviewed, Textbook, Building skills & trades
BCIT Astronomy 7000
BCIT Astronomy 7000
Astronomy is written in clear non-technical language, with the occasional touch of humor and a wide range of clarifying illustrations. It has many analogies drawn from everyday life to help non-science majors appreciate, on their own terms, what our modern exploration of the universe is revealing. The book can be used for either a one-semester or two-semester introductory course (bear in mind, you can customize your version and include only those chapters or sections you will be teaching.) It is made available free of charge in electronic form (and low cost in printed form) to students around the world. If you have ever thrown up your hands in despair over the spiraling cost of astronomy textbooks, you owe your students a good look at this one., Book, Published.
BCIT Physics 0312 Textbook
BCIT Physics 0312 Textbook
College Physics is organized such that topics are introduced conceptually with a steady progression to precise definitions and analytical applications. The analytical aspect (problem solving) is tied back to the conceptual before moving on to another topic. Each introductory chapter, for example, opens with an engaging photograph relevant to the subject of the chapter and interesting applications that are easy for most students to visualize., Textbook, Published
BCIT Physics 8400 Textbook
BCIT Physics 8400 Textbook
Textbook, Published
Basic Electricity
Basic Electricity
To safely work with electricity, it is important to have a grasp of the basic theories. Whether we are talking about atomic structure, electrical terms, or measurement devices, understanding the theory of electricity is a key concept. This textbook, divided into three sections, provides easy-to-understand and enjoyable lessons on atomic structure, electrical units, and measurement devices for those training and working as electricians., Not peer reviewed, Textbook
Clinical procedures for safer patient care
Clinical procedures for safer patient care
This open educational resource (OER) was developed to ensure best practice and quality care based on the latest evidence, and to address inconsistencies in how clinical health care skills are taught and practised in the clinical setting. The checklist approach, used in this textbook, aims to provide standardized processes for clinical skills and to help nursing schools and clinical practice partners keep procedural practice current. Each skill/procedure is covered in a chapter that has learning objectives, a brief overview of the relevant theory, checklists of steps for procedures with the rationale behind each step of the process, and a summary of key takeaways. Key terms are set in bold throughout the book and laid out again in a Glossary in the appendix. All 88 checklists are also summarized, and hyperlinked to the original checklist, in the appendix. NOTE (Feb 2018): Several broken video links have been identified in this book. We are currently working to resolve this issue., Textbook, Published.
Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Trades
Entrepreneurial Leadership for the Trades
This book has been broken down into two categories. Leadership and Business. You will need to learn both to be successful. We started with leadership as everything rises or falls with leadership and leading yourself is the most important step in learning to lead others. We finish off with some basic business concepts. Get these foundational pieces right will be essential for the rest of what you build. You and your business will be that much stronger because of it., Not peer reviewed, Textbook, Published
Graphic design and print production fundamentals
Graphic design and print production fundamentals
This textbook -- written by a group of select experts with a focus on different aspects of the design process, from creation to production -- addresses the many steps of creating and then producing physical, printed, or other imaged products that people interact with on a daily basis. It covers the concept that, while most modern graphic design is created on computers using design software, the ideas and concepts don’t stay on the computer. The ideas need to be completed in the computer software, then progress to an imaging (traditionally referred to as printing) process. Keywords are highlighted throughout and summarized in a Glossary at the end of the book, and each chapter includes exercises and suggested readings., Textbook, Published., Posted: November 12, 2015 | Updated: July 30, 2019
Marine Propulsion Plant Simulator
Marine Propulsion Plant Simulator
The broader theoretical concepts that students learn in the classroom are better understood by them if they carry out pre-programmed hands on exercises in the Engine simulator, as sometimes the subject textbooks or videos don’t address these concepts directly. The primary purpose of this project was to design and develop simulator lab exercises (SIM LABS) that could be used as ancillary resources for all Propulsion plant simulator courses as well as Engineering knowledge courses. Propulsion plant simulator course Instructors have limited time to lecture on the basic concepts of engineering and yet have to offer practical operational skills to our students, so having many pre-programmed SIM LABS which students can load and work on their own time would help them to practice and enhance their understanding of the systems and prepare them to handle various malfunctions in the plant in a timely and safe manner. I consider this project as a first step in creating multiple Simlabs starting with one for Main Engine combustion malfunctions and adding more to the data bank in pressbook. Through this project I also want to introduce the students to what is available for them in Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Education in general especially pressbook., Not peer reviewed, Textbook, Published
Pulling together : a guide for curriculum developers
Pulling together : a guide for curriculum developers
A Guide for Curriculum Developers is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation., Peer reviewed, Published.
Pulling together : a guide for front-line staff, student services, and advisors
Pulling together : a guide for front-line staff, student services, and advisors
A Guide for Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors is part of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation., Peer reviewed, Published.

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