Syllabus: Spring 2018

course info


We meet Mondays, from 1:00−2:15PM in CCCS 112. There will not be many traditional lectures; we will frequently be in open discussion, or working together in groups. Please plan to attend every lecture. Check the on-line calendar for reading assignments and announcements about in class activities.


Labs meet on Wednesday, also 1:00–2:15. Lab exercises are scheduled for the entire semester on the course calendar. Lab handouts can be accessed via the course web or in the ENGR 1301 Google Drive folder. You should review the material before coming to lab, and arrive prepared. We might meet in CCCS 112, or in the Computer Lab (LSC 174), so please check the calendar. You will complete the exercise before you leave lab, or submit it by the due date on the calendar to receive credit.


Homework due dates are listed on the attached course calendar. Detailed assignment handouts are posted on the course web, and are also accessible through the ENGR 1301 Google Drive folder. You are responsible for knowing which problems are assigned, and when they are due.

Frayed pages ripped from spiral notebooks are unacceptable. Please work numeric or design problems on either green engineering paper or blank, unruled paper. Short answer or essay-type questions should be typewritten. You may either print and submit a hard copy, or e-mail the electronic document.

Please treat homework submissions professionally. The quality of your homework preparation speaks to your attention to detail, your professionalism, and your respect for the person receiving the work. Your boss is never going to let you meet with clients if she can't be sure that you won't show up in cutoffs and flip flops with a presentation outline scribbled with a Sharpie on the back of a cocktail napkin.

No late homework will be accepted for any reason. Homework must be submitted at the beginning of the lecture period when it is due. If you miss a homework due date, there is a make-up assignment available. Assignment 11 should be considered as a make-up, if you need it, but you may not submit for extra credit.


As part of the FYS requirements, you will be earning just over 10% of your course grade through in-class participation and extra-curricular activity. Participation events will include, for example, attending the scheduled peer presentations. Extracurricular events may include (but are not limited to) attending SPS seminars; UCA athletic events; concerts, recitals, or performances; volunteering or giving blood. You are strongly encouraged to engage in activities which cultivate your interests, and which give you a sense of contributing to the university community. Always check the online course calendar for updates!


There are two design projects scheduled during the semester. You will be required to work in groups, and you will have dedicated lab time in which to collaborate. Specific details for each project can be found on the course web, or accessed through the ENGR 1301 Google Drive folder. Your group will make a brief (10-15 minute) presentation detailing your work. Your project submission will be worth 100 points, and each team member will receive the same score. Attendance is required on presentation days, and participation credit will be earned.


Three exams will each cover two chapters from the text. There is no comprehensive final exam (Exam 3 will take place during the final exam time slot, but will cover only the final two chapters). Exams will be closed book, and you will be allowed to use a calculator as necessary. They will consist of problems and questions similar (but not identical) to those discussed in class or collected as homework.


You are expected to keep all graded material and keep track of your own point progress over the course of the semester. I will be happy to correct any bookkeeping errors, but you must be able to document the error with the original graded work. You will be given your point total and grade average approximately every other week. If you need to know your grade at any time, please e−mail me, and I will promptly send you your current point total.

Points for the semester break down as shown on the table below.


10 problem sets @ 15−20 points each = 175 points


5 events @ 23 points each = 115 points


9 exercises @ 30 points each = 270 points


2 group projects @ 100 points each = 200 points


3 exams @ 80 points each = 240 points


= 1000 points

Grades will be assigned according to the scale shown below.

Letter Grade

Minimum Points

Maximum Points

A 895 1000
B 795 894
C 695 794
D 600 694
F 0 599

Course Web

This course does not use Blackboard. Never. Ever. All course information, current calendars, review material, quiz and test solutions are posted on this course web, and/or in the ENGR 1301 Google Drive folder.

Personal Electronic Devices

Social use of mobile devices is strictly prohibited during lecture and lab time. You are not permitted to use any mobile device capable of connecting to the internet during quizzes or exams. Texting, browsing, and posting to social media are both rude and disruptive, and are not acceptable during class time. If your telephone rings during an exam, you will be required to submit your exam and leave the room immediately. Please be respectful and considerate of your fellow students. No exceptions to this policy will be made for any reason whatsoever.

Academic Integrity

The University of Central Arkansas affirms its commitment to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students in this course are subject to the provisions of the university's Academic Integrity Policy, approved by the Board of Trustees as Board Policy No. 709 on February 10, 2010, and published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in this course may include a failing grade on an assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in this course affirms a student's acceptance of this university policy.

It is also a matter of academic and personal integrity to take responsibility for withdrawing yourself from this course, if the situation requires it. The last day for unrestricted withdrawal with a W is 03/30/18. Effective Fall 2017, the WP/WF grade option will no longer be used. Only W grades may be assigned through the 12th week of the Fall/Spring semester, with equivalent dates in terms of other lengths. After this date, only grades of A, B, C, D, or F will be allowed.

Americans With Disabilities Act

The University of Central Arkansas adheres to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need an accommodation under this act due to a disability, please contact the UCA Disability Resource Center at 501.450.3613.

Student Evaluations

Student evaluations of a course and its professor are a crucial element in helping faculty achieve excellence in the classroom and the institution in demonstrating that students are gaining knowledge. Students may evaluate courses they are taking starting on the Monday of the 12th week of instruction (04/27/18) through the end of finals week by logging in to myUCA and clicking on the Evals button on the top right.

Building Emergency Plan

An Emergency Procedures Summary (EPS) for the building in which this class is held will be discussed during the first week of this course. EPS documents for most buildings on campus are available online. Every student should be familiar with emergency procedures for any campus building in which s/he spends time for classes or other purposes.

Title IX Disclosure

If a student discloses an act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, or other sexual misconduct to a faculty member (as it relates to "student-on-student" or "employee-on-student"), the faculty member cannot maintain complete confidentiality and is required to report the act and may be required to reveal the names of the parties involved. Any allegations made by a student may or may not trigger an investigation. Each situation differs and the obligation to conduct an investigation will depend on those specific set of circumstances The determination to conduct an investigation will be made by the Title IX Coordinator. For further information, please visit this link.

*Disclosure of sexual misconduct by a third party who is not a student and/or employee is also required if the misconduct occurs when the third party is a participant in a university-sponsored program, event, or activity.


Assignments, point distributions, grading scales, and course policies should be regarded as flexible and subject to substitution or change at the discretion of the instructor. Students should refer to the 2017-2018 Student Handbook and familiarize themselves with all policies, particularly the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Academic Policies.

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