ENGR 1411-013: Freshman Engineering Experience
Computing in the Physical World
In this course, we will explore computing's relationship to the physical world.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
Topics will include:
- Explore and understand the meaning of data from the real world.
- Identify and explain computing problems that exist in analyzing and using these data.
- Design and explain solutions to simple computing problems.
- Controlling agents
- Suggesting movies
- Keeping secrets in public arenas
- Producing 2D and 3D images
- Teaching and assisting humans
- Building better electric vehicles
- Weather and climate
- Attendance and Participation: Grades will be determined
in large part by your attendance and participation in the
weekly class meetings.
- Class Web Page: Most of the material that you will need
can be found on the class web page located at:
- Class preparation: There will be a small
number of required preparatory activities to be performed
during the semester. These will be detailed on the
- Desire to Learn: This class will also use D2L, located at:
Login with your 4+4 (typically the first four letters of
your last name followed by the last four digits of your student
number), using your standard OU password. If you have difficulty
logging in, call 325-HELP. This web site provides a number of useful
features, including a list of assignments and announcements, an
electronic mailing list, newsgroups, and a grade book.
You are responsible for things posted on the
- Laptops: Per the College of Engineering
laptop policy, all students are expected to
have their own personal laptop. We will be using these laptops
for many of the exercises during the course of the semester.
You are expected to bring these laptops to class.
- Examinations: There are no examinations for this course.
- Newsgroups: We will use the newsgroups on D2L to submit
and share the results of your exercises.
- Proper Academic Conduct: While this course will involve a
lot of interaction amongst the students, instructor and
mentors, all students are expected to make their own
contributions to this work. If an idea or piece of work is
drawn from someone else in the class, then you must
acknowledge their contribution. Presenting someone else's work as
your own is academically dishonest and subject to misconduct charges.
You may make use of the net as a reference as you are
working on exercises. As with your fellow students, you should
attribute the source of ideas and pieces of work.
Incidences of misconduct will be reported the academic
misconduct to the Campus Judicial Coordinator. The procedure to
be followed is documented in the University of Oklahoma
Academic Misconduct Code (http://www.ou.edu/integrity/files/Academic_Misconduct_Code.pdf). In
the unlikely event that
I elect to admonish the student, the appeals process is
described in http://www.ou.edu/integrity/summary_of_the_process.html.
- Incompletes: The grade of "I" is intended for the
rare circumstance when a student who has been successful in a
class has an unexpected event occur shortly before the end of
the class. I will not consider giving a student a grade of
"I" unless the following three
conditions have been met:
It is within two weeks of the end of the semester.
The student has a grade of C or better in the class.
The reason that the student cannot complete the class is properly
documented and compelling.
Accommodation of Disabilities: The University of Oklahoma
is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all
students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who
require accommodations in this course are requested to speak with
the professor as early in the semester as possible. Students with
disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability
Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course. The
Office of Disability Services is located in Goddard Health
Center, Suite 166, phone 405/325-3852 or TDD only 405/325-4173.
- Classroom Conduct: Because cell phones and laptops can
distract substantially from the classroom experience, students
are asked not to use either during class (except in cases in
which the laptop is required as part of a classroom exercise).
Disruptions of class will also not be
permitted. Examples of disruptive behavior include:
Allowing a cell phone or pager to repeatedly beep audibly.
- Playing music or computer games during class in such a way that they are visible or audible to other class members.
- Exhibiting erratic or irrational behavior.
- Exhibiting behavior that distracts the class from the subject matter
- Making physical or verbal threats to a faculty member,
teaching assistant, or class member.
- Refusing to comply with faculty direction.
In the case of disruptive behavior, I may ask that you leave the classroom and may charge you
with a violation of the Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct.
Your grade in ENGR 1411 will be determined by a combination of points
received from the large section (15 points) and this small section (30
The 30 points are distributed as follows:
- 2 points: attendance of a COE event. Possible events include
organization meetings and seminars (Dr. Pulat will discuss this
in detail). Each COE event is worth 1
point. The student must print the outside event sheet from D2L, take
it to the event and have it signed by an authorized person. Career
Fair and Fall Festival events are handled differently: for the Career
Fair, the Career Services Center will collect attendance information
at the event; for the Fall Festival, students must go to DLC booth
and swipe their ID.
- 13 points: attendance to this section (split evenly across the 15
- 15 points: in-class project work (1 point per day). This will
be determined by the materials that you hand in/demonstrate by the end of the
Bonus points: up to 3 bonus points can be earned by attending
additional COE events (1 point per event).
Desire to Learn Grade Summary: D2L has a grade book
that is used to store the raw data that is used to calculate your
course grade. It is the responsibility of each student in this class
to check their grades on D2L. If an error is found, report it to the
instructor and it will be corrected.
"The College of Engineering utilizes student ratings as one of the
bases for evaluating the teaching effectiveness of each of its faculty
members. The results of these forms are important data used in the
process of awarding tenure, making promotions, and giving salary
increases. In addition, the faculty uses these forms to improve their
own teaching effectiveness. The original request for the use of these
forms came from students, and it is students who eventually benefit
most from their use. Please take this task seriously and respond as
honestly and precisely as possible, both to the machine-scored items
and to the open-ended questions." --- Dean Simin Pulat
Many of the materials created for this course are the intellectual
property of Andrew H. Fagg.
This includes, but is not limited to, the
syllabus, lectures and course notes. Except to the extent not protected
by copyright law, any use, distribution or sale of such materials
requires the permission of the instructor.
This page is online at http://www.cs.ou.edu/~fagg/classes/engr1411_2011/syllabus.html
Andrew H. Fagg
Last modified: Tue Aug 23 15:05:21 2011