General Instruction and Lab Etiquette:
Summary: NO FOOD OR DRINKS; NO FLIPFLOP; GET A PROTOBOARD AND KIT; EACH STUDENT SHOULD SUBMIT A PRELAB REPORT; EACH STUDENT SHOULD HAVE A BOUND NOTEBOOK; ONE FINAL REPORT PER GROUP PER EXPERIMENT (EIGHT IN TOTAL)
Emphasis: Simulations; error analysis; fitting; proper discussion (experimental vs expected results); conclusions
- Groups: The lab experiments are performed in groups of two or three students. All group members should contribute to the experiment and the reporting effort, equally.
- Electrical Kit: Each group will have at least one electrical kit and a Proto-Board. It is the responsibility of the group members to obtain the kit.
- Familiarize with the labs: Visit the ECE 392 - Electrical Engineering Laboratory II web page and familiarize yourself with the experiments. All labs need to be completed by the end of the semester.
- Notebook: Each student should have a bound-type lab notebook. Data from each experiment should be recorded in all notebooks of the group members. These notebooks will be occasionally checked.
- LAB ATTENDENCE IS MANDATORY. A note of excuse should be addressed to the instructor. Upon his/her approval, the student may perform the experiments during another lab, or during the one of the open-lab sessions. In that case, the student will obtain the signature of the instructor on board in addition to a note ascertaining the type of experiments performed.
- Pre-Labs: Starting from the first week and ahead of experiments, each student will submit a typed, hard copy pre-lab report. The 1-page report includes: (1) Objectives; (2) A short introduction (literature overview, schematics of the circuits, simulations etc.,); (3) Conclusions.
- Lab reports: Each group will submit a lab report after its completion. There will be one hard-copy report per group and all group members will receive the same grade for that report. Each report will be checked and a revision may be required. Revisions should be timely furnished for grade improvement; otherwise, the grade for the first version will be applied. The report is to be organized as follows: (1) Cover page with the lab title, group number, date submitted, names of students in the group. The name of the student, submitting the report on behalf of the others, will appear first. (2) Objectives (one paragraph outlining the goals of the experiments). (3) Introduction (may be borrowed from the pre-lab report). (4) Methods and Experiment (outlining the equipment and experimental methods used; simulation methods should appear here if applicable). (4) Results (detailing the results with figures; the experimental data points are to be clearly shown with an appropriate fitting curve. Simulation results should appear here too. See an example in the figure at the end of the Laboratory Report section of this mjanual. (5) Discussion (explain the data obtained with respect to the expected results, if applicable compare the experimental data to simulations; source of error and error estimation). The equation used to fit the data (if applicable) is to be explained. (6) Conclusion (one or two paragraphs summarizing the results).
- Final grades: They will be based on the number of labs performed, number of reports submitted (including pre-labs, quality of the reports (presentation, experiments and analysis) and class participation.
- General: SIGN-IN (within the first 15 min) and SIGN OUT; NO FOOD; NO DRINKS; NO FLIP-FLOPS OR SLIPPERS, NO CELL-PHONES.
NOTE: Your instructor may modify these requirements, as he or she sees fit.