This course continues BME 123A. For catalog copy and pre-requisites, see the main page for BME123.
Lectures: W 5-6:45 Jack Baskin Engineering 165 (subject to change, if students choose a different time)
In addition to the weekly meeting, I will meet individually with students (or project groups) once a week for about half an hour each. This will be a good time to consult with me on the project, discuss feedback I've given on written reports, and so forth.
Final exam slot: Wed March 17 noon—3p.m.
We may use this exam slot for design presentations.
Online discussion forum: http://seniordesign.soe.ucsc.edu will have project descriptions, student bios, team blogs, and so forth. We may continue to use the SDP site this quarter, particularly for final project reports and presentations. A different mechanism may be used for draft reports.
There will be no required texts this quarter, but students may need to consult writing and document-design books. I particularly recommend the following books:
This text (used in CMPE 185) has some excellent chapters on organizing your writing for readability.
Short, easy reading, and generally good advice about making writing readable.
LaTeX is the document-preparation system of choice for computer scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. If you need to put math in your writing, nothing else does as well. Not bad for free software. And your documents are still usable 10–20 years later, unlike with proprietary word-processing systems.
Excellent advice for including graphics in documents when you really need the graphics to convey information, not just be decorations. Tufte has 3 more recent books in print, which I've heard are as good, though I've only read one of them and don't have copies.
All students are expected to keep individual lab notebooks of their work, and keep them up to date. Bring these to class each week.
Every two weeks a written progress report is due.
Each report should be a more complete draft of the final report, with additions and corrections since the previous one, plus a cover page listing the main differences.
Every week, each individual or group will be expected to give a 5-minute presentation on their project status. Mostly, these will be informal (no slides) verbal presentations, but in the middle of the term there will be a more formal, 10- to 15-minute presentation with visual aids.
At the end of the quarter, there will be formal presentations on the entire project, probably 15- or 20-minute presentations. Although these are tentatively scheduled for our final-exam slot, we may coordinate with CMPE 123B and EE 123B to get a larger audience.
|Due Date (E groups)||Due Date (L groups)||Assignment|
|13 Jan||20 Jan||Draft 1|
|27 Jan||3 Feb||Draft 2|
|3 Feb||3 Feb||Formal oral progress report|
|10 Feb||17 Feb||Draft 3|
|24 Feb||3 March||Draft 4|
|17 March||17 March||Final Report (noon drop-dead deadline—no extensions)|
|17 March||17 March||Final exam slot 12–3 (probably unused)|
|19 March||19 March||Final Oral presentations 5–10 Engineering Auditorium (or Simularium, if we can't get the auditorium)|
Collaboration without explicit written acknowledgment will be considered cheating. Collaboration on lab assignments with explicit written acknowledgment is encouraged—guidelines for the extent of reasonable collaboration will be given in class.
If you qualify for classroom accommodations because of a disability, please submit your Accommodation Authorization from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to me during my office hours in a timely manner, preferably within the first two weeks of the quarter. Contact DRC at 459-2089 (voice), 459-4806 (TTY).
Gerald (Max) Cherf
|13 Jan||Gnuplot and graphing resources:
RDB is a collection of perl scripts that use files with tab-separated columns as a relational database. Rdb is very handy for handling modest amounts of data, where the effort of setting up a real database is not justified. It is very easy to read and write RDB files with almost any programming language, so this is a handy format for the output of analyses,
|27 Jan||LaTeX and BibTeX.
|3 Feb||Formal oral progress report|
|10 Feb||Resumes and Tufte's polemic against
PowerPoint, which is in the McHenry Library Reserves:|
The cognitive style of PowerPoint / Edward R. Tufte
Cheshire, Conn. : Graphics Press, c2003
McH Reserves P93.5 .T848 2003
Note: the copy I was waving around was the second edition, c2006.
|17 Feb||Poster design|
|24 Feb||Peer editing|
|10 Mar||Poster session (see http://intranet.soe.ucsc.edu/lab-support#PosterPrinting for instructions)|
|17 Mar||Final exam slot 12-3|
|BME 123 home page||CMPE 123A forum||http://seniordesign.soe.ucsc.edu|
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