Engineering 122 and Honors 122 - Engineering
Problem Solving III
TIME / PLACE
|Dr. Stan Cronk
TR 4-5:50 / BH 305
|Dr. Daniel Scoggin
TR 8-9:50 / BH 304
COURSE TOPICS: Electromechanical
systems, selected mathematics and science topics, design, basic fabrication
techniques, troubleshooting, communication skills, global and societal issues,
and computer applications.
textbook is required.
The Arduino microcontroller, Boe-Bot parts kit, and other items requried for ENGR 120 and 121 are required for this course.
TOOL KIT: You will continue to use the tool kit from ENGR 120 and 121, and you will be required to purchase a few additional tools and project supplies.
LAPTOP: You must have your
own laptop for this course. Excel,
Mathcad and SolidWorks should be installed on the laptop as well as the software required to
interface with the Arduino microcontroller. You will also need software for computer-based presentations (like PowerPoint) as well as a word processing program (like Word).
HELPDESK: A "HelpDesk" is available where you can receive assistance from other students on homework and projects. The HelpDesk is normally open in Bogard Hall 129 during the academic year between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. from Sunday through Thurday. See the schedule for more details.
GRADING: Click here for an Excel grade calculator.
||Exam 2 (comprehensive)
||Attendance at Student Meetings
||Smart Product - Design Expo
||Smart Product - Video
A 90 - 100% (highest degree of excellence)
B 80 - 89% (superior)
C 70 - 79% (average)
D 60 - 69% (poor, class must be repeated)
F < 60% (failure)
Notes: The lower limit in each grade range may
be lowered slightly such that when the final averages of all students in the
class are listed in descending order, the division between letter grades occur at
any large gaps in the grade spectrum. This adjustment will be determined
only after the final averages are computed and may or may not alter the grade.
Grades may be posted to Moodle so that students can confirm the scores for individual exams, quizzes and homework assignments. The course average grade computed by Moodle (if shown) should not be used to determine overall performance in the course since grade items may not be weighted using the grading breakdown above (exams count 60%, quizzes count 6%, homework counts 10%, and so on).
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Faculty members are accessible to assist and advise students at least 10 hours per week. Office hours are posted on each faculty members door and will be communicated to students by the end of the first week of classes. Faculty class schedules and posted office hours are also maintained in Program Office for each faculty member.
- Homework is due at the beginning of the period on the specified
due date. Turn your homework in at the front of the room BEFORE class starts.
- Unless there is a good reason (e.g., serious illness), late
assignments WILL NOT be accepted.
- Homework turned in for this class should be prepared using engineering format OR non-engineering format, depending on the type of problem assigned. Each assignment will specify the required format for each problem.
- All of the homework may be graded, or the homework may be spot graded (for example, one problem may be graded for every other assignment).
- Problems will be graded on a 0 to 20 point scale wher 20 out of 20 is the maximum score. If you fail to work the problem that is selected for grading, then you will lose all 20 points for this assignment. The idea is that careful grading of a handful of problems throughout the quarter will provide you with the feedback needed to improve your problem solving skills.
- When a homework requires a
programming assignment, you should always turn in the program listing as part
of your homework.
- Teams of two to four students will design a smart project utilizing the robotics platform, fabrication skills, and technical knowledge gained throughout HNRS/ENGR 120, 121 and 122.
- All members of a given design team will receive the same grade on the project; it is essential that team members work together to ensure that each portion of the project is completed and submitted for credit. At the instructor's discretion, peer review evaluations may be administered to evaluate the effort of individual team members, and this evaluation may be used to adjust project grades (up or down) for individual team members.
- The smart product will be presented at the Design Expo to a panel of judges.
- Student teams are required to develop a video documenting their product and experience; there are a number of free video editing packages (jing is one).
- One member of your design team will need to open a YouTube account and post your video to the web. Please follow the guidelines below when entering your video into YouTube.
- Video Title: Include project name, teacher's last name, and the quarter. For the 2014-15 academic year, the "quarter" listed will be either Fall 2014, Winter 2015 and Spring 2015. Use the exact spacing and characters shown here so your instructor can locate your video. example: Remote Controlled Dog - Hall - Spring 2015
- Video Description: You can use whatever you like, but please say something about Louisiana Tech. example: This video details a project completed in ENGR 122 at Louisiana Tech University as part of the Living with the Lab first-year engineering course sequence. The product demonstrated here is the "remote controlled dog" which utilizes a GPS sensor, an RF transmitter, an RF receiver, and vibrating motors to direct the dog.
- Category: Please select "science and technology"
- Privacy: Please select "share this video with the world." Remember, only team members who are comfortable with an image of them being on YouTube should be visible in the video.
- After your video has been posted on YouTube, please email the link for your video to your instructor for grading.
- Required video content:
- length of video should be between 2 and 5 minutes
- include the course number (HNRS 122 or ENGR 122), the location (Louisiana Tech), the term (Fall, Winter, Spring), and the year
- describe the problem you are trying to solve (re-enact the problem?)
- show how the product solves the problem (show product demo)
- provide a technical description of your product (show and discuss sensors, etc.)
- briefly discuss the disciplines that the project required (biomedical, chemical, civil, cyber, electrical, industrial, mechanical, nanosystems, chemistry, biology, . . .)
- Some suggestions:
- we encourage a creative approach
- at least one student must speak in the video - it needs to be personal
- you are not required to identify yourself
- the videos will be posted to youtube, so keep this in mind when deciding whether or not you want to be on the video; also remember that you are representing LA Tech
- music must conform to youtube license agreements (music copyright)
- show design alternatives
- Quizzes will usually emphasize material covered since the last quiz or exams. Quizzes may contain problems from recent homework assignments (hint-hint).
- Quizzes may be either written or performed on your
- No makeup for these in-class assignments can be
arranged. If you miss class on the day of an in-class activity, you miss the
opportunity to turn in that assignment (no exceptions). Excused
absences will not count against your homework/in-class grade average.
- A grade of zero will be assigned for any missed quiz
unless the student has a written excuse.
ATTENDANCE AT STUDENT MEETINGS:
- Each student is to attend at least five meetings
sponsored by student societies within the College of Engineering and Science.
- Check this link for the list of eligible student organizations.
- Gumbofest (held in the fall) or Spring Release (held in the spring) will count as one of the meetings.
- You must get the signature of one of the officers
indicating that you attended the meeting.
- Get the form at this link.
- Students are required to complete five service activity hours per quarter.
- The purpose of the service activity is to foster leadership and service in first-year students while providing a broader appreciation for societal concerns.
- Check the bulletin board on the first floor of Bogard Hall for service opportunities. Students may also propose their own activities. Service activities must be approved by the instructor. Click here for examples of acceptable projects. One of the service projects completed during the HNRS or ENGR 120, 121 and 122 sequence should be performed on campus or at the request of a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Science.
- Be safe! Remember that there are service opportunities that do not require manual labor, exposure to tools or equipment, or off-campus travel.
- Download this template for reporting on the service. This template includes a "Verificaiton of Service Project Completion" that should be completed by your project sponsor. Your report should be submitted on or before class 18.
- Two exams will be given during the quarter. These exams may be scheduled outside of the normal class time.
- Both exams will require closed-book written work.
- You should bring one of the calculators approved for the FE exam (see the "CALCULATORS" section below).
- You are not allowed to use a cell phone during an exam (not even to see the clock). Cell phones should not be handled at all while you have your exam.
- Students must show their Louisiana Tech Student ID card to the exam proctor when submitting their exam.
Louisiana Tech has established an Honor Code to ensure the
"highest standard of conduct in academic affairs."
By enrolling at Louisiana Tech, you have agreed to the Honor Code that
states, "Being a student of a higher standard, I pledge to embody the
principles of academic integrity." Students
who cheat during an exam, plagiarize another person's work, obtain or
distribute copies of exams without the instructor's permission, falsify
documents, or steal property or electronic information will be considered in
violation of the Honor Code. It is
also considered a violation of the Code to assist a person in any of the above
actions. For the first infraction, a
student who violates the Code will be given a grade of "zero" on the
assignment in question. A second
infraction will result in an "F" for the class.
All violations will be reported to the Honor Council as required by the
University. For a complete copy of
the Honor Code go to the following web page: http://www.latech.edu/documents/honor-code.pdf
The following statement must be attached and SIGNED for all
On my honor, I promise that I have not received
inappropriate assistance on this assignment.
Inappropriate assistance for homework: Copying off
another person's or group's paper, copying information from the solution of
homework from previous quarters or posted to the web, and any sort of computer file sharing.
Inappropriate assistance on quizzes and exams: All work must be your own
(no looking at other peoples paper, no talking, no cheat sheets, and no use of
Inappropriate assistance on projects: All aspects of a project should be
completed by the group submitting the project for a grade (don't copy design
features, purchase the same parts as other groups unless specifically allowed by
the instructor, . . .)
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
Students needing testing or classroom accommodations based on a disability are encouraged to discuss those needs with the instructor as soon as possible. For more information about eligibility for accommodations, contact the Department of Testing and Disability Services, 318-257-4221, www.latech.edu/ods for assistance.
- University attendance policies are provided at this link; regular and punctual class attendance is expected.
- Students with three or more unexcused absences will be dropped from the class roster.
- Students are responsible for notifying the instructor prior to excused absences that are planned (jury duty, military obligations, etc.).
- Excuses for emergency absences must be submitted within three class days following the student's return to class.
- An unexcused absence for an
assignment, quiz, exam or project presentation will result in a zero grade.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM:
All Louisiana Tech students are strongly encouraged to enroll and update their contact information in the Emergency Notification System. It takes just a few seconds to ensure you’re able to receive important text and voice alerts in the event of a campus emergency. For more information on the Emergency Notification System, please visit: http://www.ert.latech.edu.
Students will need a calculator to complete the exams in HNRS or ENGR 120, 121 and 122. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam, which is the first step to become a registered professional engineer, allows exam takers to use the calculators on THIS LIST. You are only allowed to use calculators on the list for your HNRS or ENGR 120, 121 and 122 exams; many of your upper level engineering courses will also only allow the use of calculators from the list.