EE260 Lab Syllabus
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:
- Submit previous lab report
- Turn in your pre-lab questions
- 20-30 minutes briefing
- Experiment following directions in the lab handout
- Be on time for lab. This is
- Communicate with one another
- Try to be as useful as possible. Do
not leave your lab partner with all the work. This means keeping up
with the material and reading the
lab assignments ahead of time.
- Be patient and learn to help your
lab partner effectively.
- Learn to divide up the work in a
3 Lab Report
- Due at the beginning of the following lab session.
- One report per lab team
- Reports will not be accepted and graded
- is late
- is written in a way that I can't understand
- does not include circuit diagrams
- is a duplicate of another groups'
- is incomplete
- is not done in the format (or organization) described in the
- Lab report organization:
- Equipments used
- Experiment tasks
Conclusion & observations (and anything to want to say
about this lab)
- For each task, you need to do everything that is
specified. Do not skip any steps, and you need to answer all
Your laboratory grade will be 30% of your course grade. This is a
substantial chunk of your grade. Be diligent and do every ab
The lab grade will be based on your performance in the lab
and laboratory reports. There will be around 9 laboratory assignments.
amount of points per lab assignment is roughly equal to 10*(the number
weeks for the assignment). For example, a one week assignment will
be worth 10 points, while a three week assignment will usually be worth
30 points. Grading is done on the standard curve, i.e.,
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
Note: The laboratory assignments are meant
to give you design experience. Design takes time because it deals with
things that must work. To make sure that you get enough design
the laboratories are planned so that an average, well prepared student will
require nearly all of the three hours or more of lab per
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:
- EE 260 Lab
- Spring 2005
- Your Team Members' Names
- Your Section Number
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.
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
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.