Rex N. Fisher  --  CoE 243: Assignments

This page was last updated on 06/29/01


[IFCHE Home]  [CoE 243: Digital Logic]


[Exams] [Quizzes] [Homework] [Lab Experiments] [Hardware Design Project]


IMPORTANT: Schedules, assignments, and policies are subject to change. You will be given advance notification of any changes.


Exams:

There will be 3 block exams. Each one is a closed-book, multiple-choice test.

Exam 1 is on Day 6.
Exam 2 is on Day 9.
Exam 3 is on Day 13.

The final exam is comprehensive, open-book, and not multiple choice. It is on Day 15.

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Quizzes: 

A quiz should be expected at the beginning of each class. It will cover material discussed, or assigned, during the previous class. This should motivate you to review your class notes and keep up with the reading assignments.

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Homework: 

Homework is due one week after the lecture when it is assigned.  Each assignment is worth 100 points.  It must be clearly labeled with your full name. Some homework answers will not fit on the question worksheet.  In that case, they must be neatly written by hand on engineering paper, or with a computer.  Include your name and the name of the assignment. (Example: Rick Sparks HW3)

Please do not Email homework assignments unless you will miss a class.

HW1: Worksheet 1
HW2: Worksheet 2 
HW4: Worksheet 4
HW6: Worksheet 6
HW7: Worksheet 7
HW9: Worksheet 9
HW11: Worksheet 11
HW12: Worksheet 12

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Lab Experiments:

There are 5 lab experiments in the course.  See the CoE 243 Course Outline for the schedule.  You can view or print them by clicking on the hyperlinks, below:

[Lab2] [Lab5] [Lab8]  [Lab10] [Lab13]

Be sure to print the lab sheet and bring it with you to the lab class.  

It will also save time if you print the data sheets you will need as well. Use the links below to get them:

TTL Data Book    These are abbreviated data sheets.  They often show only the pin diagram and omit voltages, tables, and functional descriptions.  Make sure they include all of the information you require!
Philips Data Sheets    These are complete data sheets.  This list also includes more digital logic devices than the link above.  Ignore the low voltage logic families, and use the ALS, FAST, or HCT devices instead.

All lab experiments must be recorded in a lab notebook.  The lab notebook has special requirements that you should read.  Also, a formal lab report must be turned in for each lab experiment.  Click on its hyperlink to see the proper format.   You can also view an example of a formal lab report.

Lab reports are worth 50 points, and are due one week after the lab was assigned. 

Your lab notebook is worth 100 points, and is due on Day 15.

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Research Project:

Completion of a research project.  It is worth 10% of your grade.  You have several options:

Career Research Report

Investigate the area(s) of computer science or computer engineering in which you are most interested.  Explain why you are interested in it/them.  What would you do every day?  Where are some places you might live?  How plentiful would your job offers be?  How much would you earn?  What would be the opportunities for career advancement?  Etc.

It must be at least 3,000 words long.  Use at least five references, and identify them in your report.  These references should be recent, professional-level -- not hobby-oriented -- sources.   Professional books and periodicals can be found in the library or through inter-library loan.  Use a mix of both library and internet sources.

A 10-minute oral presentation to the class is required.

Digital Logic Research Report

Select a topic in digital circuits or computer architecture that we did not cover in very much detail -- or not at all -- such as microprocessors, analog-to-digital converters, programmable logic devices, etc.  Write a report that discusses the topic with an appropriate level of technical detail.  

It must be at least 3,000 words long.  Use at least five references, and identify them in your report.  These references should be recent, professional-level -- not hobby-oriented -- sources.   Professional books and periodicals can be found in the library or through inter-library loan.  Use a mix of both library and internet sources.

A 10-minute oral presentation to the class is required.

Oral Presentation Score

The ability to make technical presentations is crucial to your success on the job. You will frequently be required to make formal presentations about your projects to peers and management. Your future project assignments, promotions, and pay raises will be on the line.

This portion of your project will be scored by your peers.  Consider the following points:

1.    Do you look and sound like a professional?
2.    Are you well prepared, or are you just winging it?
3.    Is the presentation well organized and do the topics follow a logical sequence?
4.    Are visual aid used appropriately, and well?
5.    Are the technical details covered thoroughly and correctly?

Written Report Score

Written communication skills rank among the most important job requirements identified by employers. Your real-life reports will be read by dozens, and possibly hundreds, of other technicians and engineers. 

This portion of your project will be graded by me!  

1.    Is it written at a college level, neat, and free from spelling and grammar errors?
2.    Is it well organized and do the topics follow a logical sequence?
3.    Are the technical details covered thoroughly and correctly?

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