Lecture TR: 11:00 to 11:50 AM
Lab M: 2:00 to 4:50 PM
The students are expected to master these learning objectives:
COURSE PRE-REQUISITES
MENG 2204 Electronics, and MATH 3433 or concurrent enrollment therein.
OTHER PREREQUISITES
Basic computer skills, SolidWorks, MS Excel, hand calculator
Lecture
This course consists of a two 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.
Exams
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) designed to test the students’ ability to master the taught materials. This testing part includes textbook questions and short problems. A 8.5x11 sheet is allowed for personal notes. A practical part (open book) designed to test the students’ ability to analyze and solve a set of problems on their own. Each exam is based on the course materials developed between two consecutive exams, except for the last one which is comprehensive.
Quizzes
The goal of these quizzes is to encourage the students to study the course materials by themselves. Quizzes will consist of true/false, multiple choice type of questions and/or short problems.
Homework
Homework will be assigned from a set of chosen chapters by the instructor. It will be turned in each week, unless specified by the instructor.
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.LAB ReportEach group of students is responsible for submitting its own lab report in its own words. A student cannot add its name to a student lab group if absent. Labs will be submitted either in formal or informal presentations. All informal labs must be presented with three full paragraphs, theory used, results obtained, and a thorough discussion of the results. A special attention will be dedicated to the presentation. A formal template lab report will be handed out to the students. Students are encouraged to finish their lab and submit it during the lab session if possible.
LAB Report
Lab reports are based on the programming materials studied in class, or presented during lab sessions. Lab reports must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class.
Each group of students is responsible for submitting its own lab report in its own words. A student cannot add its name to a student lab group if absent. Labs will be submitted either in formal or informal presentations. All informal labs must be presented with three full paragraphs, theory used, results obtained, and a thorough discussion of the results. A special attention will be dedicated to the presentation. A formal template lab report will be handed out to the students. Students are encouraged to finish their lab and submit it during the lab session if possible. Arriving late to the lab will be penalized by -5 points on the lab grade. Quitting the lab session without the instructor authorization will be penalized by -10 points on the lab grade.
GENERAL GUIDELINES
Course Grade
The final grade for the course will be based on the scores earned in the two mandatory exams, the mandatory 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 15%, the comprehensive exam contributes 20%, quizzes average contributes 10%, homework average contributes 10%, lab reports average contributes 20%, and participation, neatness, attitude, and class attendance contribute 10%, for a total of 100%. The overall average score (X) for the course is determined as follows:
X =0.15 x (exam1 score + exam 2 score) + 0.20 x (Comprehensive exam score) + 0.10 x (quizzes average score) + 0.10 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 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.
Homework and Exams
Use engineering paper for all homework assignments, quizzes and exams.
Lab Reports
Lab reports are based on machine dynamics theories studied in class, or presented during lab sessions. Labs will be submitted either in formal or informal presentation. All informal labs must be presented with three full paragraphs, theory used, results obtained, and a thorough discussion. A special attention will be dedicated to the presentation. A formal template lab report will be handed out to the students. Use MS or other editing software to type your lab. Students are strongly encouraged to use the computer lab to finish their lab and submit it during the lab session.
You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will give then a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, they are allowed to take the make-up exam, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% exam grade. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams.
You are expected to take these quizzes on random scheduled dates and times. However, if for a major reason you are unable to do so, then you must provide the instructor with a valid written excuse. For those who missed quizzes with a valid reason, the instructor will then give a make-up quiz at the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the quizzes, they are allowed to take the make-up quiz, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% quiz grade. The examination materials for the make-up quiz may be very different from the ones given in regular quizzes.
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 over 80% of the regular 100% homework grade. After the grace period, homework will be accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% homework grade. 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.
Lab reports must be turned in on the due date, at the beginning of class. Once lab class starts, lab reports will be still accepted for a grace period of 48 hours and graded over 80% of the regular 100% lab grade. Once the grace period is over, lab report will be still accepted and graded over 60% of the regular 100% lab grade. THERE IS NO MAKE-UP for any lab session missed.
Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend class and lab sessions on regular basis and are responsible for class notes, and missed exams while being absent.
You are expected to take the exam on the scheduled date and time it is given. However, if for a major and acceptable reason you are unable to do so, then you must inform the instructor in advance in writing and give a valid proof of your absence. The instructor will give then a make-up exam toward the end of the semester. For those who did not have a valid reason for missing the exam, they are allowed to take the make-up exam, but they will be graded over 80% of the regular 100% exam grade. The examination materials for the make-up exam may be very different from the ones given in regular exams. BE AWARE THAT NO CELL PHONES OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE ACCEPTED IN THE EXAM EXCEPT A HAND CALCULATOR.
Students are encouraged to finish their lab and submit it during the lab session if possible. Arriving late to the lab will be penalized by -5 points on the lab grade. Quitting the lab session without the instructor authorization will be penalized by -10 points on the lab grade.
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.
Disclaimer Statement 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.