EF 230 Spring, 2020 - Computer Solution of Engineering Problems

Course Description

EF 230 - Computer Solutions of Engineering Problems (2 credit hours)
Primary focus is on development of computer programs in a modern programming language to solve engineering problems. Prereq: EF 152/158 or PHYS 136/138.

Contact Information

Instructors:  Dr. Amy Biegalski, Perkins 307 (abiegals@utk.edu), Dr. Darren Maczka, Perkins 215 (dmaczka@utk.edu)

Graduate Assistants: Josh Fagan (jfagan2@utk.edu), Corey Johnson (cjohn221@utk.edu), Angus Shaw (ashaw26@utk.edu), Toan VoDai (tvodai@utk.edu)

Lab Classroom: Perkins 209 or 319 (project days in S10)

EF Office: Rm. 207, Perkins Hall, 974-9810, Meghan Copley (mcopley@utk.edu)


Website: http://efcms.engr.utk.edu/ef230 - you must have consistent and reliable access to the web site.

Textbook: None - all material will be available via the web site.


Help is available through an on-line discussion board, project help-sessions, and during labs and workshops.
Instructors and GTAs are available by appointment to go over your question(s). Schedules and details are available via the website.


  1. (35%) Exams - 4 quizzes (5% each) and a final (15%)
  2. (35%) Projects - programming projects
  3. (25%) Homework - daily assignments
  4. (5%) Participation - attendance and participation. A limited number of documented absences is permitted. (Instructor's discretion)

The course grading is A (>=92),A- (>=89), B+ (>=86), B (>=82), B- (>=79), C+ (>=76), C (>=72), C- (>=69), D+ (>=66), D (>=62), and F (<62).

If you score higher on the final exam than a quiz, the quiz weighting will be reduced by 1% and the final exam weighting will be increased by 1%. This applies to each quiz.

Course Objectives

  1. Build programs to solve engineering problems
  2. Apply MATLAB conventions and "good" programming practices
  3. Manipulate and control hardware in team-based design projects

Honor Code

See below for the University Policies on Academic Integrity. Dishonesty and plagiarism are serious offenses. Penalties may include failure of the course or dismissal from the program and the university. Sharing code on submitted assignments is not permitted. Additional discussion is available on the EF230 honor code web site: http://efcms.engr.utk.edu/ef230/gen/honor-code.php

Academic Integrity

Each student is responsible for his/her personal integrity in academic life and for adhering to UT’s Honor Statement. The Honor Statement reads: “An essential feature of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is a commitment to maintaining an atmosphere of intellectual integrity and academic honesty. As a student of the university, I pledge that I will neither knowingly give nor receive any inappropriate assistance in academic work, thus affirming my own personal commitment to honor and integrity.”

University Civility Statement

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Students with Disabilities

Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Student Disability Services (SDS) at 865-974-6087 in 100 Dunford Hall to document their eligibility for services. Student Disability Services will work with students and faculty to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

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Campus Syllabus


Additional Resource for students

Smokey's Pantry is a food pantry located in Tyson House available for UTK students and staff who need help securing enough food, open every Tuesday from 4PM-6PM.