Meeting in Edgerly 203
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You will become familiar with multimeters, oscilloscopes, and other tools used for diagnosing and understanding circuits.
You will get a basic understanding of resistance and reactance; of frequency response and amplification.
You will design and build small devices using SSI and MSI technology.
You will learn various architectural features used in computer design, and how they affect computer cost and performance, and
You will design peripheral devices to communicate with computer systems, and write software to use them.
David Harris and Sarah Harris, Digital Electronics and Computer ArchitectureI also recommend
The book is available in the bookstore and online. I usually buy used books from abebooks.com but Amazon and Ebay both sell used books, too. None of the three is consistently cheapest. You should get access to a textbook, since many weekly labs are based on readings from it.
Forrest Mims, Introduction to Electronics
This book is fairly old, but still quite popular, in spite of how little theory it contains. It is full of good advice.
During lab, you and your lab partner will build and/or test devices. You may need to design circuits, compute component values, or write test code.
Sometimes these efforts will take too long for you to finish them in class, and you will have to make arrangements to finish later.
I have no objection to you finishing a lab at home, if you have the components and tools there, but the school's tools and components must stay in the school's lab, so in order to work outside the lab you may have to purchase materials.
Sometimes I will specify that I want to see your device operate when you have completed it. This is not a problem when you are working in the lab, but if not, you may have to bring it in to school.
In addition to constructing and measuring a circuit or device in the lab, you will submit a written report including the following sections:
Lab reports should be typed. Circuit diagrams or calculation pages may be drawn or written by hand. Both lab partners must submit the lab, and although any measurements you make will presumably be the same, the report itself should be different; everyone must write a separate report.
Topic and lab schedule
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Each student is responsible for completing all course requirements and for keeping up with all activities of the course (whether a student is present or not).
Often, one team in the lab will finish before others. Watching their success, asking others for help, or offering assistance with the lab are all legitimate.
But I want each lab team to do each lab completely, so that everyone participates in building devices.
I don't want you to share typing on the lab report, even with your partner, except that both lab partners may submit the same calculations, designs, and programs.
To keep from confusing me, you should mention everyone you talked to and every web site you looked at in your lab report.
I consider it plagiarism to share typing or fail to give credit to other peoples' ideas.
Fitchburg State College has an Academic Integrity policy, which can be found in the college catalog. Penalties for academic dishonesty, including submitting work which is not your own, or work you have done for other courses, and assisting other students on examinations, can be severe.