EE260 Lab Syllabus


1  Objective

The EE260 Lab is designed to provide you with the introductory skills to real-life digital experiments and the use of a CAD package (Logicworks) for digital simulations. As this course progress, you will be exposed to different components and equipment that are used in most digital experiments.

2  Lab Session

The labs will be in Holmes 451.  There is a morning section (9-12) and an afternoon section (130-430).

You will be working in teams of two or three.  Each lab session will usually have the following format. Here are some tips on being a good team member:

3  Lab Report

4  Grading

Your laboratory grade will be 30% of your course grade. This is a substantial chunk of your grade.  Be diligent and do every ab assignment well.  

The lab grade will be based on your performance in the lab and laboratory reports. There will be around 9 laboratory assignments. The amount of points per lab assignment is roughly equal to 10*(the number of weeks for the assignment). For example, a one week assignment will usually be worth 10 points, while a three week assignment will usually be worth around 30 points. Grading is done on the standard curve, i.e.,
A = 90%, A- = 87%
B+ = 83%, B = 80%, B- = 77%,
C+ = 73%, C = 70%, C- = 67%
D+ = 63% D=60%, D-=57%,
F will be assigned to students who scored below 57%. Lab grades will be assigned to each team, as modified below.

READ THIS -- IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:

  • The Teaching Assistant (TA) will take attendance every day.
  • You are required to come to lab on time every session.
  • If you are late one day without a valid excuse then your final overall grade will be reduced by 10%.
  • If you are late a second day without a valid excuse then your final overall grade for the lab will be ZERO.
  • The reason why attendance is so important is because grades are based upon the lab assignments, which are based upon a team effort. If one member of a team is late or absent then he/she is a failure to the team because the rest of the team suffers. Remember that by signing up for the lab section, you're admitting that you can make the laboratory hours. There is no excuse for coming late.

    Note: The laboratory assignments are meant to give you design experience. Design takes time because it deals with real things that must work. To make sure that you get enough design experience the laboratories are planned so that an average, well prepared student will require nearly all of the three hours or more of lab per week to finish the assignments. So be sure to prepare for lab.

    Note: Your lab grade will be part of your overall EE 260 grade (see EE 260 syllabus).

    5  Materials You Need

    Logicworks 5 with your textbook.
  • At Least Two (3-1/4) floppy disks or one Zip disk for the peecee computers. The disks will be used to store your circuits that you designed in Foundation. One of the disks should be used for "back up." Each member of the teams should have their own disks.
  • Three-ringed binder: This will be your "journal" for the lab. Only one journal is required per team. On the cover, you should write in large letters:

    Your journal will hold ALL your team's lab reports. Thus, when turning in any lab report to the Teaching Assistant (TA), have it in your journal.

  • UNIX account on wiliki: You will need an account on the computer called "wiliki". If you do not have a wiliki account, get one immediately from POST 208. (Note that it takes a few days to process the forms to start an account.)
  • A Parts Kit: The parts kit includes a protoboard (which is used to put together circuits), and a collection of circuit parts. With the kit, you will put together your circuits. The parts kits are sold by the student chapter of the IEEE (the EE professional organization). You will be informed about purchasing the kits later. While it is recommended that each member of the team have their own parts kit, it is sufficient to have one kit per team.
  • 6   Behavior in the Lab

    While in the laboratory, behave in a professional manner. Here are some common sense DOs

  • Try to be helpful. For example, some of you may have quite a bit of experience with computers, UNIX, Internet, etc. Some of the early labs may seem trivial. However, be aware that there are plenty of students who have no experience with these things. Help these students with your experience.
  • Get along with the TA. Through the history of this lab, most students have found the TA to be quite helpful. Please give the TA the benefit of the doubt. For example, suppose the TA is speaking to the class but in a soft voice. Don't just take it and complain later. Raise your hand and ask him/her to speak louder. Remember that a TA is just another student like yourself.
  • Keep your work area clean. There is a dust pan and broom available. Cleanliness is important for safety.
  • Listen when the TA is speaking. Believe it or not, most students are trying to understand what the TA has to say, and any disruptions don't help at all. If you have a question, then raise your hand.
  • Refrain from offensive behavior. Have consideration for your fellow classmates. This is part of being a professional. Remember that this is the University, not Intermediate school.