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Activities guide and evaluation rubric

1. General description of the course

Faculty or Academic Unit Escuela de Ciencias Básicas, Tecnología e Ingeniería

Academic Level Profesional
Academic Field Formación interdisciplinar básica común
Course Name Teoria electromagnética y ondas
Course Code 203058
Course Type Theoretical Can be enabled yes ☒ No ☐
Number of Credits 3

2. Description of the activity

Number of
Type of the activity: Individual ☐ Collaborative ☒ 4
Moment of Unit 2,
Initial ☐ ☒ Final ☐
evaluation: Intermediate:
Delivery Environment of the activity:
Evaluative score of the activity: 110
Monitoring and evaluation environment
Starting date of the activity: Deadline of the activity:
March 15, 2019 April 15, 2019
Competence to develop:
The student identifies the propagation and polarization mods in electromagnetic
waves, looking for the suitable mod, according to the analyzed application and the
student understands the waves behavior in different transmission mediums used in

Topics to develop:
- Propagation modes of Electromagnetic waves.
- Polarization modes.
- Incidence on a normal plane.

Steps, phases of the learning strategy to develop

Step 3 – To understand the waves behavior in open and enclosure mediums

The group will have to follow the next steps to accomplish the activity goals.
Step 1: Make an academic research about the topics defined for this unit.

Step 2: Answer the given questions using academic resources.

Step 3: Each member of the group has to select and solve one problem.

Step 4: Solve the practical exercises in group, taking into account that it is necessary
to explain each value and step.

Step 5: Compile the group contributions from the collaborative forum and ensure the
accomplish of the rubric items.

Step 6: Deliver the work in the monitoring and evaluation environment.

Activities to develop

Each student in the group has to answer the following questions using
academic references to support the research:

1. Determine 3 advantages and 2 disadvantages presented by natural phenomena

of refraction or reflection for the transmission of electromagnetic waves.

2. Explain what Snell's Law is for in the propagation of electromagnetic waves.

3. How is the total reflection of an electromagnetic wave achieved by colliding with

a different medium of propagation?

4. How is the total refraction of an electromagnetic wave achieved by colliding with

a different means of propagation?

5. What do you mean by polarization of electromagnetic waves?

Choose one of the following problems, taken from “Cutnell, J. D., & Johnson,
K. W. (2009), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., New York & Paz, A. (2013)” solve it
and share the solution in the forum. Perform a critical analysis on the group
members’ contributions and reply this in the forum.

1. When red light in vacuum is incident at the Brewster angle on a certain glass
slab, the angle of refraction is 28°. What are (a) the index of refraction of the
glass and (b) the Brewster angle?
2. In the following figure 𝑛1 = 1.9, 𝑛1 = 1.4, and 𝑛3 = 1.1, light refracts from material
1 into material 2. If it is incident at point A at the critical angle for the interface
between materials 2 and 3, what are (a) the angle of refraction at point B and
(b) the initial angle 𝜃? If, instead, light is incident at B at the critical angle for
the interface between materials 2 and 3, what are (c) the angle of refraction at
point A and (d) the initial angle 𝜃

3. A laser that is inside a tank of water, shoots a ray of light upwards. If the laser
is located h1=20cm under water. At what minimum horizontal distance d1 from
the laser pointer should you shoot so that the beam does not leave the water?

4. In the following figure a 3m long vertical pole extends from the bottom of a
swimming pool to a point 50cm above the water. Sunlight is incident at angle
𝜃 = 60𝑜 . What is the length of the shadow of the pole on the level bottom of the

5. In the following figure, light from ray A refracts from material 1 (𝑛1 = 1.8) into a
thin layer of material 2 (𝑛2 = 1.5), crosses that layer, and is then incident at the
critical angle on the interface between materials 2 and 3 (𝑛3 = 1.2). (a) What is
the value of incident angle 𝜃𝐴 ? (b) If 𝜃𝐴 is decreased, does part of the light
refract into material 3?
Light from ray B refracts from material 1 into the thin layer, crosses that layer,
and is then incident at the critical angle on the interface between materials 2
and 3. (c) What is the value of incident angle 𝜃𝐵 ? (d) If 𝜃𝐵 is decreased, does
part of the light refract into material 3?

In group solve the following practical exercise

a. Design an Excel workbook that using the Snell law and giving an incident angle
for four different precious materials; return the angle of refraction and let us to
know if it is genuine.

Collaborative learning environment: In this environment,

there is a forum where the student is going to share
information with his/her fellow classmates in order to
understand the conceptual bases in Electrodynamic and waves
and to solve the proposed problems.
Environment for
Monitoring and evaluation environment: In this
the development
environment, the student will have to deliver the collaborative
activity, according to the course agenda.
Practical learning environment: In this environment, the
student will find information to develop the proposed practical
The student will have to answer the conceptual questions using
Products to deliver academic sources, to solve a chosen problem and to make a
by student review in the forum about the delivered problems.

The collaborative group will have to choose the best analyses
about the given concepts and to consolidate each part of the
proposed activity, including the practical exercises, where
everyone has to participate.

The deliver document should contain the following:

- Cover page (It contains the title, authors’ name,
course, university and date)
- Introduction (The group will explain the practical
application associate to the unit topics)
- Developed activity (according to the activity guidelines)
- Conclusions
- References

General guidelines for the collaborative work

Each contribution has to be posted in the forum associated to

this step, one important responsibility is to analyze and to
Planning of discuss about his/her fellow’s contributions.
activities for the
development of Before the three last days of the activity, the final document
collaborative work has to be consolidated according to the proposed activity and
each student has to analyze it according to the rubric, looking
for deliver an excellent activity.
Roles to perform Choose the role to perform within the group. Taking into
by the student in account, that no matter the role that the student chooses, it’s
the collaborative very important to evidence significant contributions.
In this activity, each student in the group will have to choose a
role, but it is important to recognize each of the following, that
will be assumed from the following step on.

Roles and Roles Function

responsibility for Compiler To consolidate the document, as the final product from
the delivery of the discussion, taking into account that it will include
products by the contributions from all participants and that it will
students only include the members whom participate in the
progress of the work. To inform the one who is in
charge of the alerts in order to inform to the students
whom did not make the contributions that they are not
going to be include in the product that will be

Reviewer To ensure that the document accomplish the

presentation required rules.
Evaluator To ensure that the document contains the established
criteria in the rubric.
To alert the one who are playing that role, to inform
the others members when it is necessary to make
some change.
Deliverer To alert about the time on the delivered products and
to send the document in the defined time, using the
resources for the delivery and to inform the other
students when the deliver will be made.
Alert To inform the group members about the work news
and to inform to the teacher using the forum course
and the internal delivered message service about the
final document deliver.
Use of references Always cite the references using APA style.
Students must be aware of severe sanctions in the case of

In the agreement 029 of December 13, 2013, article 99, are

considered as faults that violate the academic order, among
others, the following: literal e) "Plagiarism, that means, to
present as his own authorship all or Part of a work, work,
document or invention made by another person. It also implies
the use of wrong citations or references, or propose citations
where there is no coincidence between it and the reference
"and liberal f)" Reproducing, or copying for profit, educational
Plagiarism policy
materials or results of research products, which have
Intellectual rights reserved for the University.
The academic sanctions that the student will face are the
A) In cases of academic fraud demonstrated in academic work
or respective evaluation, the grade that will be imposed will be
zero point zero (0.0) without prejudice to the corresponding
disciplinary sanction.
B) In cases related to plagiarism demonstrated in academic
work of any nature, the grade that will be imposed will be zero
point zero (0.0), without prejudice to the corresponding
disciplinary sanction
4. Evaluation rubric

Evaluation rubric
Activity type: Individual Activity ☐ Collaborative Activity ☒
Moment of the
Initial ☐ Unit 2, Intermediate: ☒ Final ☐
Assessed Performance levels of the individual activity Scor
Aspects High score Media score Low score e
The student The student exposes The student does
analyzes the given the answers using not answer the
Explain the
concepts and academic questions or the
explains these using references, but there given answer 30
academic isn’t any analyze doesn’t fit to the
references. about these. question.
(up to 15 points) (up to 7 points) (up to 0 points)
The student solves The student does
the chosen problem, The student solves not solve the
Solve the explaining step by the problem but problem or there
chosen step the procedure there isn’t analyze in is only the 30
problem and analyzing its each step. answer, without
practical application. the procedure.
(up to 20 points) (up to 10 points) (up to 0 points)
The student limits The student does
The student
the analysis to not make any
Analyze the analyzes the
accept the procedure critical analysis
problems problems solved in
exposed by the about the
presented by the group and gives 5
group member, but problems solved
the group a professional
there isn’t a critical by each member
members concept.
concept about this. of the group.
(up to 15 points) (up to 7 points) (up to 0 points)
The student does
The student
not make any
Participate The student limits the
contribution to solve
solving the participates solving participation to
the exercise but 15
practical or analyzing the accept the group
guarantee a deliver
exercise practical exercise. members’
according to the
(up to 10 points) (up to 5 points) (up to 0 points)
Assessed Performance levels of the collaborative activity Scor
Aspect High score Media score Low score e
Despite the group
The group have made
consolidates a contribution in the
The group delivers
document according forum, the work
a document without
Consolidate to the activities to wasn’t
the given structure
the final develop and the consolidated or 5
or the activities are
document given specifications delivered in the
not complete.
for the document to Monitoring and
deliver. evaluation
(Up to 20 points) (Up to 10 points) (Up to 0 points)
The information
Although the
The answers to the included in the
definition and
questions and the deliver document
analysis are suitable
analysis in each is not referenced
Use academic to the proposed
activity is supported or it does not 10
references activities, all the
in academic come from
resources are not
resources. academic
(Up to 10 points) (Up to 5 points) (Up to 0 points)
The deliver
Despite the deliver
The deliver document is not
document is well-
Present a well- document is well-organized
organized, it isn’t
structured structured according and it is difficult to 5
structured according
document to the APA rules. understand the
to the APA rules.
given structure.
(Up to 10 points) (Up to 5 points) (Up to 0 points)
The ideas and
The ideas and
Use an explanations have The ideas and
explanations are
adequate grammar mistakes, explanation are
clear and technically 10
spelling and changing their real not clear.
grammar sense.
(Up to 10 points) (Up to 5 points) (Up to 0 points)
Final score 110