Attendance

Lab sections meet every week for two hours.

You are required to attend your scheduled lab section.

You will receive a zero on that lab project if you are absent and do not have a valid reason. Your instructor has the authority to make this decision. He or she may refer the decision to the Lab Coordinator at their discretion.

If you have a valid reason for being absent, it is your responsibility to notify your lab instructor (ahead of time if possible) and make arrangements for making up the lab in another section.

Because lab space is quite limited, you may not make up labs without permission of both your assigned lab instructor, Mr. Glen Archer gearcher@mtu.edu and the attending lab TA.

If a lab is not made up, a zero score will be assigned.

Bulk submission of experimental work performed outside of the lab section for which you are registered will not be accepted.

Lab Availability after hours

Most students will be able to complete their work in the time allotted. However, if you need more time, other opportunities are available to you.

1.  You can arrange for extra time to complete the work with your TA and then request permission from another section's TA to work during their lab period. If you do this you must still turn in your work to the section you are registered for. 

2.  After Week 3 EERC 619 or 622 will be open in the evening  (times to be announced). EERC 837 will also be available for students registered for EE 3173. There is a sign in log in each lab to record your name and other pertinent information about your lab use.  Please fill out the log entry.

3.  During the normal workday, PAIRS of students can get permission to work in a lab during periods not otherwise scheduled by contacting Mr. Miller or Mr. Chase in EERC 727/724, or Mr. Archer in EERC 730. This two person rule is for your safety.  If you don't have a second person physically present to work with you, you won't be admitted to the lab.  If you have a second person and they depart, we'll ask you to leave the lab.  Safety is not something I'll compromise on, so please don't ask us to make exceptions to this rule.

 

Lab Reports

The attached style manual sets basic standards for Lab reports. Every lab report should contain the following:

  1. Cover sheet with course number, section number, title of the lab project, your name, your lab instructor’s name, date due, and date submitted.
  2. Objective section that states the problem and identifies any constraints or assumptions made.
  3. Procedure section that describes the procedure used
  4. Discussion, answers to all questions posed in the lab handout, show all completed calculations, and schematic diagrams for all circuits constructed. Describe any extra investigations that you performed in this section.
  5. Conclusion section to discuss the outcome of the experiment and what you learned from doing it.
  6. Appendix that is used to record required information. Your lab instructor will sign and date your data sheet to indicate correct execution of the experiment. Include print outs of any code written for the lab. Make sure the code is properly labeled.

Due Dates — Late Reports

With the exception of extended design problems, all lab reports are due at the beginning of your scheduled lab session, one week after the experiment was performed. Your TA may modify this requirement at his or her discretion.

The score will be reduced ten percent of the total allotted points for each school day that it is late.

However, no reports will be accepted after the last day of the 14th week of classes. This policy protects the student and the GTA from overloading during finals week and will be strictly enforced.

If no report is submitted for an experiment, a grade of zero will be recorded.

If you are unable to fully complete an experiment, submit your best effort anyway. In your report explain any problems you may have encountered. Partial credit will be given in most cases.

Submitting Reports

Hand in all reports to your lab instructor at the beginning of your scheduled lab period.

Submit late lab reports in your instructors locked mailbox located near room 731 of the EERC.

Graded reports will be returned during your scheduled lab session.

Grading Policy

Lab reports will be graded using the attached assessment sheet:

Anyone plagiarizing another person’s lab report or computer code will be referred to the Dean of Student Affairs’ office for adjudication.

Semester grades will be determined by the Teaching Assistant with the advice and consent of the Lab Coordinator.  Uniform application of published grading standards for reports, pre-labs, quizzes and practical exams will help prevent grading inconsistencies between lab sections.  Lab scores will no longer be averaged to 85%.

Group Projects:  Some projects are specifically designated as team projects.  A single combined report will be delivered and a single presentation will be made.  All students are expected to participate in all phases of the project.  A peer evaluation form will assist the instructor in allocating points to individual performers.  This information from students, combined with the instructor's observations of classroom performance will form the basis for individual point allocations for the project.

Quizzes and Pre-Lab Work

A short quiz may be given at the beginning of any lab section. The quiz will be on pre-lab material and text material as described for each experiment. Some labs have specific tasks that must be performed prior to attending the lab, your lab instructor will check this work.

            Lab Practical Exam 

Some labs emphasize measurable practical skills in addition to providing opportunities for design experience.  Where appropriate, those skills will be assessed before the end of the semester through the use of a performance evaluation.

            Lab Report Assessment Rubric

Instructor_________________________ Student__________________________________

Class ____________________ Section___________________

Circle the box that best describes the lab report. Assign points on the right and total at the bottom.

 

Attribute

0-2 Unacceptable

3-5 Below

Expectations

6-8 Meets

Expectations

9-10 Exceeds Expectations

Report Mechanics

       

Organization

Inappropriate content in most sections of report

Some inappropriate content in some sections of report

Content appropriate in all sections of report

Unique organization enhances readability and/or understandability of report

Format

Tables and figures can not be read/understood, fonts difficult to read, so many format errors as to make the report useless

Some portions are sloppy and difficult to read, some format errors

Text, tables, figures are readable and understandable.

Text, tables, figures so clear and understandable as to enhance the report’s impact, unique format enhances report’s impact

Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling

Excessive spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors

Some spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors

Only a few spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors

Completely free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors

Length

Far too long or too short

Too long or too short

Appropriate report length

 

Content

       

Objective

Problem not stated, constraints or assumptions not explained, contains results/conclusions

Problem stated poorly, limited discussion of constraints, assumptions

Problem clearly stated, impact of constraints and assumptions clearly discussed

So clear and complete as to enhance impact of report

Procedure/Discussion

No apparent understanding of lab tasks, no quantitative support provided.

Poor understanding of lab tasks, poor quantitative support,

Lab tasks clearly understood and discussed, solid quantitative support,

Discussion clearly reveals insight and understanding beyond level expected

Conclusion—What did you learn

Omitted

Weak

Clear

Conclusion clearly reveals insight and understanding beyond level expected

Questions

Does not address questions posed in lab materials

Some questions correctly answered

All questions correctly answered

 

Total points_______ Total possible points_______

 

 

Report Format Requirements

 

Text. All Text should be word-processed

Drafts may be prepared in double-space, but final products are to be single-spaced.

Paragraphs should be grouped with descriptive headings, and where needed, with subheadings. Indentation can also be helpful. This page illustrates the desired appearance.

Spell checkers and grammar checkers are useful.  Misspelled words and grammatically incorrect sentences make it difficult to understand your message.

Figures. Figures are often graphs, but they also include schematic sketches and drawings. Your ability to machine produce a figure will depend upon the nature of the figure itself, so both hand-prepared and computer drawn figures are acceptable. Note that hand-prepared is not the same as "freehand"; neatness requires prudent use of drawing aids. Whenever possible, figures should be understood on their own. They must have a figure number (Arabic numeral) and title below the figure, a legend (if applicable), and units must always be clearly marked. Figures should support the text, not replace it. For this reason, all figures should be referenced in the text. Preferably, the reference will be on the same page as the figure. For an illustration, see Figure 1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tables. Tables are often confused with figures, but in engineering writing they are treated differently. A Table Number (Roman numeral) and Table Caption should appear at the top of the table. We recommend that they be boxed into the table itself. Columns must be annotated with quantities and their units. Any remarks enabling the table to stand alone can be boxed immediately below the table. If a table is not found directly below the related text, it must be referenced by number. For an illustration, see Table I.

 

Table I

Load Voltage and Current

Resistance (W )

Voltage (V)

Current (mA)

0

0

15.38

200

2.35

11.76

500

3.81

9.52

1000

4.80

6.06

Note: Short Circuit Current = 15.38 mA

Equations. Although equations may be prepared freehand, word processors are easily able to produce complicated equations. Whichever way you go, equations should be integrated into the text. When presenting a series of related equations, it is not necessary to show every single step of a derivation so long as the method is clear to the reader. Use of transition phrases between key steps will add greatly to the reader’s understanding. Equations may be numbered at the right margin for convenience of reference. For example:

V = 10e -2000t cos (2p ft)                                                                                                             (1)