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An abbreviated syllabus will be distributed the first class session.
MECH 1  SYLLABUS
LINKED INFORMATION APPLIES AS THOUGH IT WAS ON THIS PAGE

Instructor:  Mike Robinson . . . . . . . . . . .       .www.MECH-101.com
. . . . . . . . . Welcome message . . . . . . . . .
. The e-mail address is HERE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

News and Comment Page:  Enrolled students should view the News & Comment page at least weekly.

Prerequisites:  None.  See college catalog. . Student Time:  One-half hour per class, per week.

Class Schedule:  See this page for the classes' due dates  and  this page for a list of planned activities.

Course description:  MECH 1 is a: "survey of electronics technology presented in the context of the principles of science.  Application of the scientific method to topics ranging from basic circuits to microprocessors, including electronic music, robotics, electric vehicles, fiber optics, semiconductors, and medical imaging.  Scientific, historical, political, and economic connections to electronics technology."  See the school catalog for the official course description.

Text:  Either the free on-line textbook, Lessons in Electric Circuits or the optional, not free, printed textbook.

Materials:  Each person will need note taking materials and some method for saving class handouts.  Personal protective eye wear conforming to ANSI Z87.1 is required (see "safety glasses" for more information).  This course is Web enhanced.  Access to the Internet is required to read the on-line text, download certain class materials, view class schedules and requirements and may be needed to complete certain assignments.  Each student is responsible for obtaining any required or missed documents.  Links on this page are extensions of the page; therefore, material referenced by links on this page apply as though it was actually written on this page.

Grades:  Grades are weighted and are based on the information shown in the table at right.  The grading rubric will be followed.  
90 to 100% is an A Final 35%
80 to 89.9% is a   B Midterm 20%
70 to 79.9% is a   C Term Paper 20%
60 to 69.9% is a   D Quizzes 15%
Below 60% is an F Participation 10%

Quizzes:  An unannounced quiz may be given frequently in class, on the Web or for take-home.  Take-home quizzes will be due the next session.  NO make-ups will be allowed.  Two quiz grades will be dropped.

Exams:  All tests are multiple-choice and are comprehensive to the date administered.  No off-schedule exams will be administered without prior request and approval.  The Test Page has additional information and test procedures.

Term Paper:  One four-to-six page formal report is required.   A list of possible subjects is available.  Help is available on this website.  Late papers will be heavily penalized and may not be accepted.  Refer to the Term Paper Requirements page for more details.

Participation:  Students often join in small groups to undertake activities, such as answer verbal questions, complete quizzes, and/or prove theories.  These activities are a part of classroom participation.  Missed or incomplete activities will not be "made up" or done outside the classroom.  Part of this grade may be subjective.  Substitute credit will be considered for some activities.

Registration:  Only students officially enrolled before the appropriate deadline may attend.  Auditing is by petition.

Attendance:  Roll will be taken.  Grades are partly based on in-class activities which will occur every session (discussion, circuits, tests, quizzes, etc.), much of which may not be "made up."  Due to missed activities, excessive absences may result in a reduced grade, failing grade or an instructor initiated withdrawal.

Withdrawal:  Failure to withdraw officially from class before the deadline (see the Official Calendar) may result in a reduced grade or even a failing grade.   Incomplete grades will not be given in lieu of poor course work or lack of attendance.  The instructor is not obligated to withdraw students and students should assume that he may not do so.  Consider consulting with a counselor, and/or a financial aid representative before withdrawing from class.  

Accommodation for Disabilities:  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, Sierra College can accommodate most special needs.  Students with a documented physical or learning disability (documentation must be on file with the Dean of Student Services prior to the beginning of the semester) may request accommodations by contacting Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS).  Students with special learning or health needs should inform the instructor within the first two weeks of class and provide any completed, relevant forms.

Privacy/Reporting MisconductStudent Privacy Requirements will be followed.  Incidents of misconduct, confided in the instructor, must be reported.

Safety Rules / Emergency Procedures:  Students should become familiar with the school's emergency procedures and classroom safety rules.  Refer to: Classroom Emergency Procedures  and General Safety.

CELL PHONES & Electronic Devices:  Cell phones are to be set to vibrate or to OFF and all phone conversation is to be done outside the classroom.  Exceptions must be requested and approved.  No entertainment devices (ear buds, headphones, musical instruments, video/audio players, etc.) are to be operated (played/used) in the classroom.  Without instructor prior permission, classroom computers and printers are to remain off.  Lectures may not be recorded (audio or video) unless approved in writing (PDF) in advance.

Student responsibility:  The student is responsible for meeting all requirements, prerequisites, deadlines, registration procedures and fees.   Students are expected to be familiar with and to comply with rules regarding alcoholic beverages, attendance, computer/network use, copyright, drug use, honesty and plagiarism, smoking (including vapor and smokeless), weapons, and others, as outlined in the college catalog and other official school documentation.

Student Learning Outcomes for MECH 1:

  • Analyze and demonstrate relationship between electric current, voltage and resistance.
  • Construct functional electronic circuits using soldering.
  • Distinguish components of an electrochemical cell and construct a working cell.

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PROPOSED CLASS SCHEDULE

MECH 1 EVENTS
 
DATES

 
Oct. 21st
     
Optional Term Paper Preview due
 
Oct. 28th or earlier
     
Withdrawal deadline
 
     
NO CLASS
 
Nov. 11th
   
Nov. 18th
Late Term Papers will incur a penalty.
   
     
Final preview (bring quizzes)
Nov. 25th
     
 
Nov. 25th
     
MECH 1 Final Exam
Dec. 2nd
     
Review final & grades
 
Dec. 9th
Last class meeting
 
Dec. 9th
     
Substitute credit?
Go to this page
Dates are subject to change.      This list added to the site 5-22-19.

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ON-LINE READING LIST
 MEETING
 
READING

 
01
 
Vol. I, Ch. 1, Basic Concepts of Electricity
and
Vol. I, Ch. 3, Electrical Safety
   
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Vol. V, Ch. 9, Circuit Schematic Symbols
and
Vol. V, Ch. 2, Color Codes
and
Vol. V, Ch. 9, Circuit Schematic Symbols
 
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Vol. I, Ch. 2, Ohm's Law
and
Vol. I Ch. 6, Divider Circuits and Kirchoff's Laws
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Vol. I, Ch. 14, Magnetism & Electromagnetism
and
Vol. III, Ch. 11, DC Motor Drives
   
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08
 
Vol. II, Ch. 9, Transformers
and
Vol. II, Ch. 14, Transmission Lines
   
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Midterm exam
   
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Vol. II, Ch. 1, Basic AC Theory
and
Vol. I, Ch. 13, Capacitors
and
Vol. I, Ch. 15, Inductors
   
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Vol. III, Ch. 13, Electron Tubes
   
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Vol. III, Ch. 2, Solid State Device Theory
and
Vol. III, Ch. 3, Diodes & Rectifiers
and
Vol. III, Ch. 4, Bipolar Junction Transistors
   
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Vol. IV, Ch. I, Numeration Systems
and
Vol. IV, Ch. 3, Logic Gates
   
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Vol. IV, Ch. 16, Principles of Digital Computing
Robotics (NO reading assignment)
Closing material, course review & final preview
 
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Final exam
   
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Review of the Final Exam and grade distribution
     
Dates are subject to change.      This list added to the site 05-22-19.

The schedules above are subject to significant changes, including sequence and allotted time, but illustrates the essential course content.  There are scheduled nonattendance days.  Check the official school calendar for the last drop date, nonattendance dates and other important scheduled items.  Check the News and Comment page for changes.

Suggestions:  This instructor is pleased to accept suggestions regarding ways the class / lectures / activities, etc. may be made more useful / fun / interesting / meaningful.  Even though the essential content or required effort of the course cannot be diminished, all such suggestions will be carefully considered.

DISCLAIMER:  This is not a circuit design class.  Circuits, handouts, website downloads and/or software programs are provided for conceptual purposes only and do not constitute engineering or professional services, advice or design data and are not meant for any particular application.  The instructor is not responsible for errors, omissions or damages, either direct, indirect or consequential that may arise out of the use of this information.  Formulas should not be used for design.  In-class handouts and materials on the instructor's website(s) are copyrighted and a single copy or a replacement copy is available for the personal use of students only while enrolled and attending this class.  This instructor does not allow "projects" in the classroom without approval and assumes materials brought from work are not proprietary.

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            "The brick walls are there to stop people who don't want it badly enough."
                      Randy Pausch,
                      professor & author
                      The Last Lecture
, 9-18-07

©2006 W. Michæl Robinson

 

 

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