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## 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 105 or COSC 102. Coreq: EF 152 or 158 or PHYS 136 or 138 ## Course Objectives - Build programs to solve engineering problems. - Apply proper MATLAB conventions and good programming practices - Manipulate and control devices in team-based programming design projects. ## Instructor and Contact Information Dr. Amy Biegalski, Zeanah 363D ( Josh Fagan (, Grayson Northern (, Caleb Weatherly (, Matthew Whisenant ( **EF Office:** Zeanah 260a, 974-9810 **EF230 Classrooms:** All sections will meet in Zeanah 170/178 ## Website: - you must have consistent and reliable access to the website. The website contains all learning and assessment material. ## Communication Communication for this course will primarily occur through the course website. Use the course website to check course announcements every class day. Help is available through the Discussion Board, help sessions, and during and after class. Please post questions about the course and assignments to the Discussion Board so the entire class can benefit from the responses. For personal matters, please use email. The help session schedule is posted on the announcements. Dr Biegalski is available via appointment to go over your question(s). When emailing, please include your full name, EF230, and your section in your email. ## Grading
  1. (35%) Exams - 4 quizzes (5% each) and a final (15%)
    • Diligent Worker Incentive: If your average quiz score is 80% or higher, you’ll have the option to waive the final.
    • Improvement Incentive: If you score higher on the final than any quiz, that quiz weighting will decrease by 1% and your final weighting will increase by 1%. This applies to each quiz
  2. (30%) Projects - programming projects
  3. (30%) Assignments - prelabs, practice and in-class assignments
  4. (5%) Participation

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).

## Team Projects In today's engineering workplace, collaboration and teaming are more important than ever. "An ability to effectively function on a team ..." is one of the ABET student outcomes required for accredition of your degree program. Lack of participation in team activities will result in a penalty or zero on the related assignment, participation, and/or project grade(s). In addition, because foundational skills are necessary to contribute effectively to team projects, you must demonstrate proficiency on your Module 1 assignments to be eligible for a project team. ## 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.” We encourage students to work collaboratively to learn in our course. Appropriate means of collaboration may include meeting collectively to work on assignments. During collective meetings, all members are expected to participate in discussion and contribute to collective understand and dialogue. The following actions are specifically identified as inappropriate: - Direct copy (in part or in whole) of another class member's assignment or work to turn in as one's own work. - Direct copy (in part or in whole) of a solution provided by anyone outside of our class. This may include (but is not limited to) previous students, tutors, or solutions gathered from websites like Chegg. - Posting on a website, like Chegg, to ask for a solution to an assignment or exam in order copy the solution (in part or in whole) for submission. - Viewing solutions on a website, like Chegg, in order to submit solutions (in part or in whole) as one's own work for assignments or course exams. - Posting solutions or exam questions to social media, group chat, a website (like Chegg) or other communication means to provide the questions or solutions for others in the course. - Collaboration in ANY WAY during a course quiz or final. - Copying work to submit as one's own work (in part or in whole) for dropbox assignments. We take inappropriate or unethical work in this course VERY seriously. Inappropriate or unethical work is unfair to those students in the course who follow academic integrity guidelines. It also shows a lack of character in regards to future practice in the engineering profession. EF faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring integrity of all work conducted throughout our courses and will pursue all means necessary, in partnership with the Tickle College of Engineering, the Dean of Students, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards to ensure an equitable learning environment. Additional discussion is available on the EF230 honor code web site: ## Digital Learning Policy Technology needs to be utilized in an appropriate manner. The following guidelines should be followed: - Be Respectful and Professional. You cannot use techonology in a way that is distracting or harmful to others. This includes viewing content that does not pertain to that day's work as well as any type of behavior that is inappropriate or harmful to others in the class. There is a zero tolerance policy in our course as well as at UTK for any behavior that can be interpreted as harrassment or bullying. Respect the diverse backgrounds of your classmates. Personal attacks, offensive language, and hateful comments, including those based on based on disability, language, race, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin, will not be tolerated. - Follow device use regulations during quizzes and exams. During quizzes and exams you cannot use a device to communicate with others except instructors. Allowable computer tools are specified during quizzes and exams. Calculators and non-sanctioned software and tools that circumvent the required solution method are prohibited. ## Course Material Copyright The instructors of this class own the copyright to the syllabus, handouts, assignments, quizzes, and exams associated with the class. All presentations developed by the instructors, as well as the instructors' lectures, are also protected by copyright, whether these presentations are delivered live in-class, shared through Zoom or other videoconference platforms, or uploaded to a web site. Sharing any of this material without the written permission of the instructor is a violation of copyright law, and is therefore also a violation of the University’s policy on acceptable use of information technology resources (UT policy number IT0110). That policy states that students will not commit copyright infringement, “including file sharing of video, audio, or data without permission from the copyright owner” and that file sharing is a violation of the university’s student code of conduct. All such violations will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. ## University Civility Statement Civility is genuine respect and regard for others: politeness, consideration, tact, good manners, graciousness, cordiality, affability, amiability and courteousness. Civility enhances academic freedom and integrity, and is a prerequisite to the free exchange of ideas and knowledge in the learning community. Our community consists of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and campus visitors. Community members affect each other’s well-being and have a shared interest in creating and sustaining an environment where all community members and their points of view are valued and respected. 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