Attendance and Participation (ENGR-2300)
Attendance is important in this class. Since most of your assignments are
group assignments, it is unfair to have students who do not attend class and
inherit the grades that the other group members work for. Therefore, we have
many rules regarding attendance.
Attendance is taken at the beginning of class by signing the discussion question sheet filled out by your team and the team you work with.
- A list of questions to be addressed each day is found here. One or two additional questions are asked from the daily videos found here. The answers to these questions also count as part of homework (see Syllabus).
- A copy of the discussion question sheet is found here. You will be given paper copies of this sheet in class.
If you show up late (after 10 minutes), you get a "late". Two
lates add up to one missed class. It is your responsibility to let the
instructor know that you have come in late.
POINTS: Each experiment is comprised of 80 points for the paper and 20
points for attendance. Each experiment has two or three class days
associated with it. If you show up on time for all three days, you get all
20 points. If you show up for 2 of 3 days, you get 10/20 points. If you
show up one day, you get no points for attendance, but you still get a
grade for the experiment. If you do not show up for any of the three days,
you get no grade (0) for the experiment itself. You can make up this
experiment by doing it as an individual during open shop. Each LATE will
cost you 5 points. In addition, if you show up for class, but you do not
participate actively in class, your professor has the option of taking off
POINTS: Each project is comprised of 80 points for the paper and 20 points
for attendance. Each project generally has three class days associated
with it. Points are assigned the same way as they are for experiments.
Classes can be made up during open shop hours. You can make up one class
or two lates in one open shop. You must fill out the following form and have it signed by the instructor or TA on
duty. You cannot make up a missed class during an open shop time in which there is no EI TA on duty. The class should be made up before the due date for the experiment
or project you wish to apply it to. It is your responsibility to fill out
the form and give it to your instructor. If your professor feels you have
missed too many classes or your group requests it, the other members of
the group will have to sign your make-up form before it can be applied.
Overall Class Participation
Overall Class Participation is worth 5% of your final grade. It is based on the following criteria:
ASSESSMENT: Your instructor will assess your general performance in terms
of how much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class
ASSESSMENT: Your TA's will assess your general performance in terms of how
much you contributed to the work your group was doing during class time.
Periodically, you will be asked questions by the staff which we use to
judge how well you understand what is going on. These questions fall into
four categories: circuits (Do you know how to wire and debug a circuit
using the diagram?), equipment (Can you correctly hook the circuit to the
equipment?), theory (Do you understand the theory that was taught in the
lecture?) and software (Can you effectively use the computer tools we use
in the experiments?).
- GROUP SELF-ASSESSMENT:
After the completion of each project, we have each student take an on-line
survey in which s/he must rate the contribution of each member of the
group in terms of several criteria. This gives you (in a confidential
manner) a chance to tell us who did the work and who did not.
In this class it often happens that certain students become experts in one
task. For example, one ends up doing all the wiring and another all of the
computer work. Although we realize that this is very efficient, it is the
job of the staff to make sure that you all learn how to wire circuits, use
the equipment, understand the theory and use the computer tools.
Therefore, we are asking you to help us by rotating the tasks and helping
each other learn, rather than specializing. Groups that rotate tasks well
will gain an extra bonus here. Groups that end up highly specialized will
pay an additional penalty.
If you have shown up for all classes, then you can get an extra bonus here. If
your attendance is very poor, you pay an additional penalty. If you have
missed and made up many classes, it will count against you. In the simplest terms, your overall % attendance will be multipllied by the combined assessment from instructor, TA and teammates.
Examples of contributions to the work your group does during class time include: (1) Preparation for class; (2) Answers to Questions of the Day; (3) The quality of materials and information presented to TA/Instructor when getting work signed off; (4) Interesting questions raised in class and on piazza; (5) Creative approaches to completing assigned work, especially in projects; (6) Effectively getting help when needed; (7) Clear demonstration of improved understanding of concepts; (8) Feedback on course materials that were particularly helpful; (9) Providing answers to questions on piazza; (10) Identifying errors or points of confusion in course materials, including homework; etc. From this list, you can see that participation is just being engaged in the course, helping your partner(s) and other students learn and the TAs and instructor do their job better.