There will be three tests. The current plan is for the "final" to be the final project. This may change before the end of the semester, but you will have ample warning if this happens. Except for extraordinary circumstances, there will be no make-up tests. For slightly less extraordinary circumstances, (e.g. you get elected governor of California, or have to accept a Nobel prize) I might consider letting you take a test early.
Since my tests can be rather challenging, I will occasionally grade tests on a curve. However, the curve may be based partly on the performance of previous classes. I will think about assigning final grades on a curve (up, but not down). The curve may require additional work on your part, so it will be important to attend classes before and after tests to clarify procedures. This issue is TBD.
Labs plus Final Project 35%
The lecture course, and the lab course must be taken simultaneously. Overall, the lab work will make up 25% of your grade. If you are passing both the lecture and the lab, then your grades will show up separately, as appropriate. However, I will tie the grades together such that it will be hard to pass the class if you are not passing the lab. Generally, missed labs cannot be made up.
There will be a final design project for this class. Your grade for that project will include portions for a working circuit, an in-class presentation, and a short report.
Homework problems will be listed on the individual assignment pages. Some of the homework problems will be worked out during class time. Homework may be graded via "spot grading" - that means I will verify that you have done the problems, and then grade in detail only one or two of those problems. Late homework assignments WILL NOT be accepted. You may regularly be asked to present example and homework problems to the class.
Reading Quizzes, Class Participation, and Instructor TBD 10%
You are expected to show up to class and participate in in-class exercises (e.g. whiteboards). I will also evaluate class participation via personal folders and three minute papers, as will be explained in class. There may be occasional reading quizzes in class over the assigned reading for the day. I may decide to grade some of the homework via these quizzes.
The instructor reserves the right to pro-actively change the class schedule and grade distributions during the semester at any time for any reason, if it is determined to be in the best interest of the student(s), the professor, or both.