How will this course be run? (Updated Fall 2012)
This course has two
components: a lecture portion and an experiment portion.
The lecture portion will be conducted via
Internet. All students are required to read the lecture material before
attending the experiment portion.
- A 60-minute lecture will be given in each lab session. The lecture will primarily highlight the necessary knowledge and tasks for the coming experiment.
The lecture material usually consists of
1) a slide presentation (in PDF format) with an accompanying audio (in RealAudio
a lab manual (in PDF format), which will contain the slide presentation
in more detail, plus detailed instruction on the experiment,
additional files may be used for some specific experiments.
The experiment portion will be done in the
Multimedia Lab (LC008) at the time your lab session is scheduled. Your are
required to attend the experiment session at your designated time. The Lab
Instructor is available to give you more detailed instructions and answer
questions only at the scheduled lab sessions. If you cannot attend the lab at
your designated lab session, you can prearrange with the lab instructor
to complete the same lab in the other session.
- You must read the on-line lecture and the
lab manual before the lab session. Pay attention to "What
to bring to the lab" in the lecture material.
In rare occasions when you cannot come to
the lab for the experiment, and if you have access to a computer that has
the appropriate software/hardware set-up, you may accomplish your lab outside
the Multimedia Lab. But you must inform the lab instructor before hand. You will lose your point for the quiz for that
If you cannot finish the experiment at the
lab-session, the Multimedia Lab is open at other hours for you to complete
your lab. See Open
You are required to write a lab report summerizing your results and findings for
every experiment. Unless otherwise specified, your lab report is due on the next meet.
- A sepearte gmail account has been set up and will be used for submitting any accompanying materials and electronic verison of your lab reports. The account will be announced on the first lecture.
There will be a quiz before each lab, with one question
relating to what you learnt in the last experiment, and another question
relating to what was discussed in the on-line lecture and the lab manual
for the new experiment, which you must read before coming to the lab.
- There will be a final exam at the end of the class
in the final exam week, covering both theoretical principles and
- Grading policy and
experiment has a full-grade of 10 points. Attending the lab in-time and
making a good effort in completing the experiment will give you 4 points.
The remaining 6 points depends on the submitted report. Every report submitted
late will have a deduction of 2 points.
- Your final grade = 60% lab + 20% quiz + 20% exam.