Engr 171 -- Syllabus

UNCA -- Department of Engineering

ENGR 171 T 1:40-2:55 & T 4:00-5:15 -- Spring 2000

Professors Dr. Tammy Gammon Dr. Dean Brock
Email: tgammon@unca.edu brock@cs.unca.edu
Phone 251-6744 232-5161
Office Robinson 311 Robinson 220
Office Hours MW 5:00-6:00 & F 10:00-12:00 MW 1:30-3:00


Web page

All course handouts, including assignments, may be accessed through the index stored at the following URL:


Section 1 meets Tuesdays from 1:40-2:55, and section 2 meets Tuesdays from 4:00-5:15. Both sections will meet in Robinson 316.


There are six written assignments, two quizzes, and one design project. Each accounts for eleven percent of the total grade. Each group is allowed to turn in one late assignment (up to five days late). Twenty points per business day will be subtracted from additional late assignments.


Assignments consist of the following components:

Each group is required perform some experimental exercises on their own and write a concise report about the exercises.
Each group is required to turn in brief homework addressing the main concepts of the experiments.
Each group may be required to demonstrate one experiment to the instructor and class. Otherwise, selected experiments must be observed by the evaluation group.


On test days, each student may bring one 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper with handwritten notes on both sides. Test absences are excused only with doctor's excuse, true emergency, or prior approval by instructor. There is no final exam.

Design Project

Each group will demonstrate their Boe-Bot's ability to act according to a given set of instructions. No written report is required.


If a grade is disputed, the problem must be submitted in writing with the returned quiz or assignment, no later than one week from the returned date. Cheating will not tolerated and will be reported to proper officials.


Experimental groups consist of two students formed by mutual consent.

Each experimental group is required to evaluate specific exercises completed by another experimental group. These evaluation groups will be determined by the instructors.

Each group may borrow a Boe-Bot kit, Robotics! Student Workbook Version 1.2, and Basic Stamp® Manual; Version 1.9 from the NC State Engineering Program at UNCA. In the event that these items are lost or damaged, the group is responsible for paying for these items. What's a Microcontroller? Student Guide, Version 1.5 may be downloaded from the Parallax web page (www.stampsinclass.com). In addition, each group will need to purchase a small number of parts from Radio Shack or electronics supplier. These items include a 555 Timer, a 100 kΩ potentiometer, and a 1 μf capacitor.


The following schedule is tentative and may change.

Assignment Book & Experiments Due Date
Assn. #1 What's ..., Exp. #1, #2, & #3 2/11/00 (Friday)
Assn. #2 What's ..., Exp. #4, & #5 2/25/00 (Friday)
Quiz 1   2/29/00
Assn. #3 Robotics! Exp. #1 3/03/00 (Friday)
Holiday   3/07/00
Assn. #4 Robotics! Exp. #2 3/24/00 (Friday)
Assn. #5 Robotics! Exp. #3 4/07/00 (Friday)
Assn. #6 Robotics! Exp. #4 4/21/00 (Friday)
Quiz 2   4/25/00
Design Project   TBA

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