Students in this course must demonstrate their competency in oral and written communication through written homework assignments, lab reports, quizzes, and exams. They must also demonstrate their ability to use the English language.
This course consists of a three 50-minutes sessions per week and three lab hours. The three hours class will be spent mostly explaining and discussing concepts, and solving relevant case problems. The other three class hours will be dedicated to lab experiments, result analysis, and lab reports. Lectures will not be used to communicate the entire textbook course content and thus, students will have to study a set of course paragraphs specified by the instructor on their own to further their understanding. Student participation in class discussions is highly recommended and rewarded.
There will be two regular exams plus one comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Each exam is based on two testing parts. A Theoretical part (closed book) is designed to test the students’ ability to master the taught materials. A practical part (open book) is designed to test the students’ ability to analyze and solve a set of problems. Each exam is based on the course materials developed between two consecutive exams, except for the last one which is comprehensive. Students are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for some acceptable reason the student is not able to do so, then he must inform the instructor in advance in writing. The instructor will then decide whether he will be allowed to take a make-up exam, depending on the validity of his excuse.
The goal of these quizzes is to encourage the students to self-study the course materials. Quizzes consist of true/false, multiple choice type questions and/or short analysis problems.
Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters. It will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor.
The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the two mandatory exams, the comprehensive exam, the average score earned in the quizzes, the average score earned in the homework, and the average score earned in lab reports. Each one of the two exams contributes 10%, the comprehensive exam contributes 15%, quizzes average contributes 20%, homework average contributes 15%, lab reports contribute 20%, and participation, neatness, attitude, and class attendance contributes 10%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:
X =0.10 x (exam1 score + exam 2 score) + 0.15 x (Comprehensive exam score) + 0.20 x (quizzes average score) + 0.15 x (homework average score) + 0.20 x (lab report average score) + 0.10 x (participation/neatness/attitude/attendance scores).
The final letter grade for the course is based on the value of X and is determined from the following grade levels:
Students are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for some acceptable reason the student is not able to do so, then he must inform the instructor in advance in writing. The instructor will then decide whether he will be allowed to take a make-up exam, depending on the validity of his excuse.
Students are expected to take these random quizzes on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for some acceptable reason the student is not able to do so, then he must provide the instructor with a valid written excuse. The instructor will then decide whether the student will be allowed to take a make-up quiz, depending on the validity of his excuse.
Homework must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class. Once class starts, homework will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded 80% of the full grade. Once the grace period is over, no homework will be accepted. Each student is responsible for submitting his own individual personal homework copy written in his own words. No dual or group homework copy is accepted unless specified by the instructor.
Students are expected to attend class and lab sessions on regular basis and are responsible for class notes, and missed exams while being absent.
Academic Integrity Policy
Scholastic dishonesty will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. You are expected to have read and understood the current issue of the student handbook regarding student responsibilities & rights, and the intellectual property policy information about procedures and what constitutes acceptable on-campus behavior. Any form of plagiarism will not be accepted, and will be heavily reprimanded.
Disability Support Services
Students registered with Disability Support Services should have a letter verifying their disability and the appropriate accommodations.
Information contained in this syllabus, other than grading, late assignments, makeup work, and attendance policies, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.