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Electronic Technology (SCN2430)

The official course web site for Electronic Technology is available through http://blackboard.babson.edu/. The most up-to-date version of this document will always be posted there.
Syllabus version 1.0, modified 4-Sep-13

Course Instructor Chuck Winrich Email: cwinrich@babson.edu Office: Kriebel 203 Phone: 781-239-5583 Office Hours: Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm Wednesdays, 11am-Noon And by appointment Course Description Study of the application of basic scientific principles and computational skills that allow the understanding of current and potential future thrusts in electronics, computing, microsystems and nanotechnologies. (From the Undergraduate Catalog) Course Objectives This course is an introduction to the electronic technologies associated with things like computers and telecommunications. It is intended to provide a foundation in a few basic areas that should prove invaluable to students who intend to pursue careers in business: sound, logical, scientific reasoning familiarity with quantitative estimation basic principles of physical science that enable technology Course Organization The majority of meetings will be in the classroom. During these meetings, we will discuss current and emerging technologies, as well as the fundamental scientific principles operating behind these technologies. Since technology will continue to develop through the semester (and presumably in the future as well) each student will make one brief "current events" presentation to the class about a recent technological development or a novel application of technology. This presentation is not intended to be a research project; you need only find one recent news article and present it to the class. Please plan your presentation to less than four minutes. This length will allow enough time to present the article and explain the major points addressed. If your article is not available on line, you will be required to turn in a hardcopy of the source you used in your presentation, including your name and the citation to the article. Please submit your article to me two days in advance of your presentation so I can post the reference or link to Blackboard and avoid any conflicts where people have chosen the same article. A schedule for these presentations will be posted shortly.

Through the course of the semester, we will be in the labs six times. All lab meetings are scheduled for 90 minutes. In the lab, you will work with a partner on directed experiments related to course material. Along with each experiment, a "lab report guide" will be posted consisting of questions to be answered for the lab report. One week following the completion of the experiment, you will be required to turn in a lab report consisting of all data collected, all calculations performed, all charts produced, and answers to these questions. You may do this report on your own or with your partner from lab. In either case, you will work with the data you and your partner collected. There will be no opportunity for makeup in the event of a missed lab, but your lowest lab report score will be dropped at the end of the semester. Group Project: Prepare a technology-based business plan As an additional exploration of emerging technologies, every member of the class will be assigned to a group that will undertake a project in "virtual entrepreneurship." You and your group will design a new and different technological product or application that you believe will be commercially useful and successful. Next, you will create a fictional company based upon your newly designed product and its corresponding technology and methodology, and prepare a business plan for this company. Your audience for this work is composed of your classmates, who will act as VC investors when you present your work. You can assume that any potential investors will have some background in your topic from class, but will not be an expert. For this audience, you can review material covered in class without referencing/citing the source of the information. Because this is a research project, you are expected to go beyond the course text and notes, thus the course text and notes are inappropriate resources for your final project. Encyclopedias should also be avoided as reference sources as they are not primary sources of information (although they can be useful for a quick background on your chosen topic, see the Wikipedia Disclaimer on Academic use http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Academic_use). As a research project, the paper should include a bibliography and in-text citations as well. The Endnote citation management system is available from the Babson portal. Mendeley is also a useful citation management tool that allows for the sharing of papers among a group. For both the bibliography and in-text citations, you should use the APA format. The groups will consist of 4-6 people. If you would like request a particular group, please let me know (via email to cwinrich@babson.edu) by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 13. I will do my best to honor all requests, but be aware that if your proposed group has fewer than six members, I may assign additional people to the group. The final product for each business will ultimately rest with the members of each group. The technology or application should relate to the course material. Groups will be required to prepare a proposal for their topic, due in class on Tuesday, October 8. This proposal will be brief: a few sentences describing your approach to your topic, and at least one credible source. A form for the proposal will be posted to the group project section of Blackboard. Once the group's topic is approved, any topic changes will require a new proposal. Each member of the group will also be individually responsible for turning in an

annotated bibliography for his or her section of the project by Tuesday, October 29. Details about the annotated bibliography will posted in the project section of Blackboard. You will create a "Rocket Pitch" to be presented in class on Tuesday, November 19. During the presentations of the other groups, you will review and evaluate other students' presentations as a potential investor. The project will be graded on presentation (both the video presentation and the paper), content, and research. Each member of the group will receive the same grade on the project, but that grade may be adjusted up or down based on the results of a confidential survey of each group. These surveys will be posted in the project section of Blackboard, and will be due with the final project on Friday, December 6. The project is designed to be a group effort. All group members are responsible for the content and timely submission of the project. Everyone should review the project before the due date; do not submit anything that you have not reviewed. If you have any problems with this project - technical, logistical, a lax group member, etc. - please see me well before the due date so that I will have an opportunity to help you. Lastly, any student who does not contribute to the work of the project yet includes his or her name on the final project, may be brought before the Babson College Honor Board. Course Policies Grading Final grades will be determined by the following breakdown: 3 Exams 15% each Best exam +5% Homework 8% News article presentation 7% Class Participation 5% Group project 15% (proposal, presentation, & paper) Lab reports 15% Academic Honesty It is assumed that all students in this course are familiar with Babson College's policy on academic honesty, found in the undergraduate student handbook. Your in-class presentation and homework are to be your own work. You may discuss your article with other students, but no other student should find your article or prepare your presentation for you. Similarly for homework, you may discuss the assignment with other students, but each person should independently write their own answer to be turned in. Under no circumstances should one student verbally dictate or electronically share his or her answers or solutions with another student. Exams are to be an individual effort. During the exam, you may not discuss questions with other people, you may not look at another student's exam, and you may not have another person write your answers for you. For the group project, only members of the group should be involved in producing the proposal, paper, and presentation. You may discuss your topic with people outside the group. For all

of your course work, you will be required to affirm your understanding of and commitment to the academic honesty and integrity expectations set forth in the honor code. You will be required to write the following pledge on every exam, paper, project, or other academic exercise: I pledge my honor that I have neither received nor provided unauthorized assistance during the completion of this work. You are expected to include the pledge on your work without being prompted to do so by your faculty member. For this course, please either handwrite the pledge on every piece of work submitted for grading, or type it and sign your name to indicate your agreement with the pledge. Signing the pledge is a requisite for all assignments to be graded. The standards and expectation of the Babson Honor Code and its academic honesty and integrity policies apply to this course as well as to any other course you are taking here. The policy is articulated in your Undergraduate Handbook. Failure of any student to take appropriate steps to fully understand the Code will be neither an acceptable nor tolerated excuse for any violations of the honor code. Academic Accommodations Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately and in a timely fashion to discuss his or her specific needs. Students must also contact the Manager of Disability Services at 781-239-4508 or in Hollister Hall to coordinate reasonable academic accommodations. Religious Observances Any student facing a conflict between the requirements of this course and the observance of their faith should contact the instructor as soon as possible. We will then work together to provide reasonable accommodations that do not unduly disadvantage you. Attendance Class attendance is critical to your full participation in the course, and it is expected that students will attend all class meetings. It is also understood that unavoidable conflicts may arise from time to time, and you may miss a class. 1. If the missed class was a regular classroom meeting then it is your responsibility to learn the material covered in class. 2. If the missed class was a laboratory meeting then you are not allowed to turn in a lab report (the lowest lab report score will be dropped at the end of the semester) but you should learn the material from the lab as this material will be included on exams. 3. If the missed class was an exam you will need to get an official excuse from the Office of Class Deans before a makeup exam will be given. In such an event, it is best to contact your class dean as soon as you know you will miss an exam

Laptop Usage You are encouraged to bring your laptop to laboratory meetings as this will allow you to collect and analyze data without the need to transfer files from the lab machines. Congratulations on reading the syllabus; please send an email to cwinrich@babson.edu no later than 5 pm on September 12 with the top two things you would like to learn in this course to receive extra credit on the midterm exam. During classroom meetings, there will be no formal need for your laptop, and therefore laptop use during class will be discouraged to avoid distraction. Class participation Your class participation grade will be based on your contributions to the class discussions and overall environment of the class. It is not an attendance grade - coming to class is a prerequisite for participation, but it does not constitute any addition to the class discussion. Examples of ways to increase your class participation score include: asking questions to clarify your understanding; answering questions raised; contributing meaningful comments to the class discussion; raising science issues related to the course material for class discussion. Examples of ways to decrease your class participation score include: any non-course related use of your laptop during class; any use of a cell phone during class; contributing off-topic comments during class. Note that excessive negatives for participation may result in a zero for the semester for this portion of your grade. Required Materials The Electronic Technology Textbook is selections from: The Physics of Everyday Phenomena, 7th ed., by W. Griffith & J. Brosing. Six Ideas that Changed Physics. Unit E: Electric and Magnetic Fields are Unified, 3rd ed., by T. Moore. Electronics: Principles and Applications, 7th ed. by C. Schuler

Course Schedule Date Topic (Key objective for class) Introduction, Fields & forces (Relate physical concept of field Sept 5 to forces and potential energy) Circuits & Electrical units (Model DC circuit behavior using 10 Ohm's Law) Lab 1: Ohm's Law 12 Group member requests due by 5 pm tomorrow. Electrical materials (Apply model of atomic bonding to explain 17 electrical properties of materials) Batteries (Use electrochemistry to explain battery 19 construction) Lab report 1 due Generators (Apply Maxwell's Equations to power distribution 24 network) 26 Oct. 1 3 8 10 15 17 22 24 29 31 Nov. 5 7

Reading 12.3-12.5 (pp 10-19) 13.1-13.3 (pp 24-35) Lab handout on BlackBoard E4.1-E4.2 (pp 95-100) E5.1-E5.3 (pp 48-57)

Chapt. 14 (pp 70-88) Lab handout on Lab 2: Solar Cells BlackBoard Capacitors & Touchpads (Differentiate capacitive sensors from E4.5 (pp106resistive sensors) 107) Exam #1 Semiconductors I: Band theory (Generalize atomic bonding model to band theory) 2.1-2.2 (pp Lab report 2 due 113-118) Project topic proposals due Lab handout on Lab 3: LEDs BlackBoard Semiconductors II: Doping (Examine perturbations in crystal 2.3-2.6 (pp materials and their effect on electrical conductivity) 118-122) Semiconductors III: Devices (Explain the operation of multilayer semiconductors) -Lab report 3 due Logic circuits (Incorporate multiple semiconductor devices -into general circuits) Lab handout on Lab 4: Computational Speed BlackBoard Programming & Artificial intelligence (Apply principles of logic circuits to general computational problems) -Annotated bibliographies due electronically Audio Sampling (Apply unserstanding of human hearing to the representation of audio data) -Lab report 4 due Exam #2 Lab handout on Lab 5: Sampling BlackBoard

Lasers (Compare light sources and their potential for use in optical systems) Memory (Optical discs, magnetic storage, and solid state solutions) (Compare and contrast the capabilities of storage 14 media) Lab report 5 due 19 Rocket Pitches 12 21 Lab 6: Fiber Optics 3 Displays (Develop principles of display technology based on human visual system)

-16.4 (pp 140144) Optional: 16.3 Lab handout on BlackBoard 16.1-16.2, 16.5 (pp 129136, 144-147)

Encryption & Electronic security (Understand encryption schemes and their use in open networks) 5 -Lab report 6 due Group projects due electronically tomorrow 10 Semester Review -Final The date and time for the final exam will be posted as soon as it is available from Exam the Registrars office.