|Responsible unit:||Department of Physics Engineering|
|Course/CS Responsible:||Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering|
|Acronym||No. of Students||Study Plan||Curricular Years||Credits UCN||Credits ECTS||Contact hours||Total Time|
|MIEIC||186||Syllabus since 2009/2010||2||-||6||56||162|
|Jaime Enrique Villate Matiz|
Nowadays information processing, storage and transmission are done using electromagnetic phenomena. Therefore, the background knowledge for a computer engineer must include the study of electricity, magnetism and electric circuits.
This course aims to provide the students with basic knowledge on electromagnetism and signal processing. An experimental approach is used with simple on-hands experiments that the students may conduct during the practical sessions, in order to strengthen the subjects covered in the lectures and to gain experience with the use of measuring devices. The Computer Algebra System (CAS) used in Physics 1 is also used in this course to help solve problems and to visualize electric and magnetic fields.
In order to pass this course students must prove to be able to:
Enrolled students are expected to have attended the first-year courses Physics I and Complements of Mathematics or other equivalent courses.
The book can be freely accessed and copied from http://def.fe.up.pt/en/Electricity;_Magnetism_and_Circuits
This is a practical course, with an active teaching methodology. Laboratory equipment is used during the lectures and practical sessions, as well as computing systems for e-learning and computer algebra system (CAS).
The practical sessions are conducted in the Physics Studio of the Department of Engineering Physics (room B233). During those sessions students work in groups of two at one of the computers in the room, which has access to the support material including electrical measuring devices, circuit components, lecture notes, multiple-choice questions and proposed problems. Students should answer the multiple-choice questions among and solve some of the problems in the chapter for that week. The remaining problems in the chapter are left as homework.
The lectures will be used to conduct experimental demonstrations and to explain the material on the textbook, trying not to repeat (when possible) the same explanations given in the book.
The support for this course, including lecture notes, teaching materials, quizzes results, and communication among students and teachers, is done using the e-learning server (http://def.fe.up.pt/eic0014) which has public access, except for the sections related to evaluation.
|Frequência das aulas||56,00|
To be evaluated, students must fulfill the minimum attendance requirement which consists of not exceeding the maximum 25% of unattended classes. This minimum attendance requirement is waive for students registered as working-students and students who have attended the course in one of the two previous years.
The distributed component of the evaluation (40% of the final grade) is the mean of the 2 quizzes. A minimum of 6 is required in this component of the evaluation in order to be admitted to any of the exams. Working-students are not required to do the quizzes and their final grade will be the grade obtained in the exam. Students who have obtained a grade for the distributed component in previous years might decide to attend the course again and do the quizzes; in that case, their grade for the distributed component will be the highest between the one obtained this year and that previously obtained.
There will be two quizzes, on October 24 and Dezember 12. The quizzes will take place within the shedule of the theoretical lectures. Quiz grades and their mean will be calculated using two decimal places.
An unjustified absence in a quiz results on a grade of 0. Absences properly justified, within the specified time limit, give the student the right to do the missing quiz at a later date.
If D stands for the grade for the distributed component and E the exam grade, the final grade is calculated with the following equation:
Maximum ( E; 0.4*D + 0.6*E )
Thus, if the grade of the distributed component is higher than the exam grade, the distributed component will have a weight of 40% and the exam 60%. But if the exam grade is higher, the distributed component will be ignored and the final grade will be the exam grade.
There is no minimum grade required in the exam and the exam is grade with one decimal digit. The final grade is rounded to an integer (9.5 is rounded to 10 but 9.4999 is rounded to 9).
Students who are not required to attend classes and obtain a grade for the distributed component are not required to take any additional tests or complete any assignments before the exam. The final grade is equal to the exam grade rounded to an integer.
As stated in item 10 of the evaluation rules, students may attempt to improve their exam grade, only once, during either the normal or makeup exam scheduled for the course immediately after the exam where they obtained the former grade. If that next exam is in the following year it will not be necessary to attend the course again.
Students who have not passed the course but have obtained a grade for the distributed component in previous years, can attempt to improve that grade by attending the course again and taking the quizzes.
It is recommended a period of off-class independent work of at least 3 hours per week, in order to keep off with the subjects introduced every week. Independently of their attendance status, it is expected from all enrolled students to preview at home the chapter of the textbook which will be covered in the following practical session. It is also recommended to periodically check the announcements and forum messages posted in the e-learning server.