Class InformationFall 2014
I hope that you enjoy the class. If there is anything that I can do to help you please let me know.
|Professor:||Dr. D. Dane Quinn (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
ASEC (North) 313b
|Lectures:||4600:321-005 Tu,Th 9:55-10:45am; SHN 362|
|4600:321-004 Tu,Th 11:00-11:50am; SHN 359|
|Text:||J. J. Uicker, Jr., G. R. Pennock, and J. E. Shigley|
Theory of Machines and Mechanisms
4th edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011
|TA:||Ruba Alamad, email@example.com|
Office HoursOffice hours will be held in the respective offices unless noted at some later time (if, say, the offices become overcrowded I'll try to find a new location). Office hours are an opportunity for you to get extra help, clarify a mistake, work problems, etc. However you must come prepared. Don't walk in and ask us to teach you ``stuff''. Come with specific problems to be worked or specific ideas you don't understand. If you can not make it to one of the scheduled office hours then feel free to drop by and if I have time I'll be glad to help you, but be prepared to schedule a convenient time for us both.
HomeworkHomework will be collected during class and (hopefully) returned the following week. Please work neatly, show all necessary steps (I don't need to see that 2+2=4), and clearly denote your final answer. I view homework as the opportunity for you to learn the material covered in the lecture. As such, I feel that it is unrealistic for me to expect each of you to master the topics immediately (i.e., submitting a perfect homework). Therefore I feel that it is unfair for me to grade the homework as I would an exam, which is where you illustrate how much you have learned.
My resolution to this dilemma is to have the homework graded primarily on effort. Essentially, half of your grade comes from this alone, with the remaining half from your performance. Thus, realistically if you put forth a solid effort on the homework your grade will be relatively good. My balance in this leniency is provided by the weekly quizzes, which come directly from the homework and are graded as a exam.
CollaborationYou may work together on homework but any and all collaboration must be CLEARLY NOTED (this includes any sources used other than your text and own notes). In addition you must write up your own work.
Late Homework PolicyLate homework will be marked as follows:
|Classes Late||Percent Off|
QuizzesQuizzes will be held weekly. Each will be composed of a single problem taken directly from the homework of the previous week. My goal is to motivate you to not only do the homework but to review the solutions once they are made available.
Exams and FinalThere will be two exams during the semester. Each will be closed book but I will provide brief notes. Note: The final will be comprehensive.
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