Your course grade will be based on your performance on your projects and your final project by the following percentages:
This year, due to the improvements that have been made to the course, 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.
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: These projects will start after spring break, will have slides for the final presentation sent the day before the last day of normal classes (not review days). The due date will be a discussion session (each group presenting slides) on that class day. Projects will be due on that day. These days can not be moved for any reason, primarily because of GT rules on dead week and finals week. You will be allowed to send the instructors for this class additional video material after the presentation, but before the beginning of the regularly scheduled finals time, that will be considered in your final project grade.
And yes, there is no final exam for this course, and in fact, we have no scheduled meeting times during review days.