Course Grading

Grade Computation

Your course grade will be based on your performance on your projects and your final project by the following percentages:

Design Projects Short Assignments Final Paper
Percentage of Final Grade 70% 5% 25%

This year, I am personally hoping that the need for any exams are not needed. That includes that all students work hard to learn the material, so that individual evaluations are not necessary. In the case that I find such measurement instruments necessary for this class, I reserve the right to add such exams to the course. From data collected in previous semesters, most (if not all) students would prefer no quizes or exams.

Grade Components

Short Assignments: The purpose of these in-class assignments is to verify everyone will have completed the video watching and/or reading assignments before the class they are assigned. The questions could be a wide range of things, including working out an example problem in class, answering some simple objective questions, etc, and could happen anytime during class. Obviously, this approach means you want to be at the start of every class.

Part of this item will help evaluate general class participation as part of your grade.

Design Projects A key part of the Analog IC design, and in particular Neuromorphic Analog VLSI design, experience is the electrical measurements of integrated circuits. We do not want this class to degenerate into a theoretical discussion about circuit analysis. The projects center on experiments to be performed on custom VLSI chips that were built especially for this class. More detailed project information is on a separate web page.

Projects will be done in groups. We will be finished with these design projects by the start of spring break, so everyone gets a break for the class.

These design projects are partially designed to get everyone in the class up to speed on key concepts as well as being able to use the resulting experiemental setup.

These projects will involve experimental data from FPAA boards, and are well developed exercises from previous year's projects as well as some new projects. All of these projects are designed to gve the necessary data, circuit experience, and FPAA experience needed to be successful in the design projects. Therefore, to do well on the design projects, you need to complete this material.

Experimental data should be processed in Scilab (MATLAB is acceptable for the final plots).

Final Project: Information

And yes, there is no final exam for this course, and in fact, we have no scheduled meeting times during review days.