Syllabus for ELT-495
ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY CAPSTONE
The Electronics Engineering Technology Capstone is an in-depth, student-centered activity that requires the integration of theory and practical experience. Students will apply the skills and techniques they have learned to a specific project. The project will identify a real-world electronics engineering technical problem, issue, event, developing technology, or case study in which the student will conduct research by exploring, evaluating, and theorizing a solution in a final paper. On successful completion of the course, students will have met the learning outcomes of the EET degree program.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
There are no textbooks required for the course.
Internet resources are included in each module for recommended readings and points to start Web searches for supporting information.
Electronics Assessment/Career Planning is a three-credit online course, consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.
Course objectives covered in this module: CO1
Course objectives covered in this module: CO2, CO8, CO9
Course objectives covered in this module: CO3, CO4, CO5
Course objectives covered in this module: CO1, CO2, CO3, CO4, CO5, CO8
Course objectives covered in this module: CO6
Course objectives covered in this module: CO7, CO10
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in nine (9) discussion forums and complete three (3) written assignments.
Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.
This course requires you to participate in six (6) graded discussion forums.
DF 1: Top Ranked Methods for Capstone Courses
DF 2: TESC and ABET Program and Student Outcomes
DF 3: Teaming
DF 4: Final Team Problem Statement
DF 5: Oral Project Presentation
DF 6: Project Presentation; Discussion and Constructive Critique
The following Group Discussion Board forums are required but ungraded. They contribute to your overall grade, however, because your mentor takes them into account when using the ELT-495 Grading Rubric to assess your work in this course.
Team Forum 1: Research Methodology and Team Participation
Team Forum 2: Progress Report 1
Team Forum 3: Progress Report 2
Members of your team will also participate in other discussion forums at various points in the course in order to complete course requirements.
Deadlines for posting discussion threads on the class Discussion Board are given in the course Calendar.
For posting guidelines and additional help with discussion board assignments please see the Online Student Handbook located within the General Information section of the course Web site.
Your grade in the course will be determined using the ELT-495 rubric. Be sure to review each element of the Rubric to understand the criteria and details that will be used to assess your final grade. You will find this rubric in the Rubrics area of the course Web site.
Key elements of the course that will be used to determine your final grade include:
Keep in mind that the final project paper will count as 50% of your final course grade. The remaining 50% of your course grade will be determined by your class interactions, products, discussion forums, and written assignments.
Overall course evaluation will be based on the attached rubric which is based on TESC and ABET guidelines and approved Student Outcomes of the TESC EET Program. All 12 Student Outcomes described in the rubric will be used to evaluate each student. Each student will be evaluated on each Student Outcome based on the quality, quantity, participation, and responses they employ to satisfy the specific course objectives and assignments.
Based on your demonstrated accomplishments and score for each Student Outcome, your results will be entered into the EET 495 Course Rubric. At the end of the course, your percentage score will be calculated which compares your accomplishments with the total possible points for each outcome in the Rubric. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of D or higher on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.
Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:
Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
Thomas Edison State College. All Rights Reserved.