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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Gregory R. Kriehn, Professor
ECE 155 Syllabus
Expected Student Work

Attendance:  As you transition into adulthood, you are expected to be able to meet the responsibility of classroom attendance and participation by yourself. If you choose to skip or miss class (for whatever reason), it is still your own responsibility to check on announcements, gather new homework assignments, pick up graded assignments, and turn in homework or projects on time. Any work that is not picked up within two additional class periods after it is initially handed back may be discarded. To help facilitate attendance during the semester, unannounced pop quizzes may be given during the first 10 minutes of class.

All quizzes, homework, projects, and exams, which includes the final project, are mandatory, although your lowest quiz score may be dropped. Failure to take (or turn in) the final exam (or final project) will result in an F in the course, irrespective of whether or not you currently have a passing grade. Please note that I do not anticipate scheduling any make-up exams. If you realize that you will miss an exam as a result of a serious illness or another emergency, I must be informed as quickly as possible.


Study Expectations:  It is usually expected that students will spend approximately 2 hours of study time outside of class for every one hour in class. Since this is a 3-unit course, you should expect to study an average of 6 hours outside of class each week. Some students may require more study time outside of class, and others less.

Homework:  Homework will be assigned periodically throughout the semester and is intended to help you learn the material and provide insight into the subject matter. Homework will generally be collected a week after it is assigned, and will typically involve the use of MATLAB/SIMULINK. In lieu of an assignment, you may be required to attend a seminar and/or technical presentation of the instructor's choice and be required to write a brief written report about the material. All due dates will be verified by me whenever you receive an assignment.

Students are encouraged to communicate with each other on homework assignments, but the core element(s) of each assignment must be performed independently. Unless stated otherwise, each student is expected to hand in their own work, which must conform to the ECE Homework Guidelines. Sloppy or unreadable homework is unacceptable, and may result in a 0%. Furthermore, cheating (such as solutions being copied from the web or another source) will also receive a 0%, and may result in disciplinary action and signficantly impact your grade. The front page of each assignment must contain the following statement, signed and dated by yourself:

“I have done my own work and have neither given nor received
unauthorized assistance on this work.”

If you work in a group, list the students you worked with on the front page of the assignment as well.

Project:  Toward the later half of the semester you will be given larger design projects in which you will be expected to work in engineering teams of 2-3 students. Details will be given to you throughout the semester.

Examinations:  There is one midterm scheduled (subject to change), in addition to a final exam. The midterm will be based upon reading material, lecture presentations, class discussions, homework, and projects. The midterm will cover all material from the beginning of class up to the exam. The final will be comprehensive. It is expected that you will be required to perform numerous computations during the exams, meaning that you must be well prepared! If you cheat on the homework (or are otherwise ill prepared to take an exam), you will most likely fail the exam, as well as the course.

Note:  I reserve the right to ask you to move to another chair at any time during an exam.

Midterm 1: Thu, Sep 28, 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Midterm 2:  Tue, Nov 21, 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Final Project: Thu, Dec 14, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Days marked in Bold Red are holidays. I will not be on campus during those days.

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Unless specified otherwise, expect all exams to be closed book and closed notes. However, you may use any type of calculator (but not a smartphone) to help you perform calculations during the midterm or final exam. Questions about lecture notes, class discussions, homework, and projects are all fair game, so I suggest taking your own notes during class, as necessary. If an announcement is made a couple of class periods beforehand that contradicts what is written here, it is your responsibility to find out if you missed class.

If you are unable to attend the midterm or the final exam, you may submit a written request to the instructor for an individual exam appointment. The request must be submitted prior to the scheduled day of the exam. Such requests will be granted only for good cause, such as serious illness, a death in family, or an out-of-town employment interview. If your request is granted, you will possibly take a different exam in a different format (which may be more difficult), compared to the exam taken by your classmates.