C Term -- Spring 2018
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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   Instructor:    Susan Jarvis,  Atwater Kent 011 (basement),

Raunak Borwankar (, Yiming Zhao (,
                         Amey Sutavani(
, Nivetha Kanthasamy (

Ben Titus (, Courtney Lewis (, Duc Tran (

   Office Hrs:
  Jarvis -- Mon, Thur, Fri (12-1 pm) or by appt. (send e-mail)
     Amey -- Thursday 1-2 pm in AK-113 and 2-3 pm in AK-207a
     Yiming -- Thursday 10-12 pm in AK-113
Raunak --  Friday 1-3 pm in AK-113
    Nivetha -- Monday 2-4 pm in AK-113
Duc -- Monday 12-2 pm in AK-113
Ben -- Friday 3-5 pm in AK-113
Courtney -- Tuesday 7-9 pm in AK-113
MT-RF, 9:00 - 9:50 am, AK-116
         Weds 8:00 am - 10:50 am, Section C01, Atwater Kent 113
Weds 11:00 am - 1:50 am, Section C03, Atwater Kent 113
Weds 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm, Section C02, Atwater Kent 113
Tues 11:00 am -1:50 pm,
Section C04, Atwater Kent 113

  Required  Texas Instruments MSP430F5529 Launch Pad and Sharp LCD Display Booster Pack
Material:  (Available in bookstore or on-line
                    You will also be expected to read from
on-line manuals, application
                    notes and data sheets. Programming in C is expected.
Reference Text: "MSP 430 Microcontroller Basics" by John H. Davies.

Highy recommend having a good
C language reference book such as ...

"C How to Program (any edition)" by Deitel & Deitel, Prentice-Hall,
Or, "Practical C Programming (3rd Ed.)"  by Steve Oualline, O'Reilly.     


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Grading:  Your grades will be computed as follows.  Additionally, you must receive a grade exceeding 60 in the exam segment to pass the whole course.  Full adherence to WPI's and the department's academic honesty policies is expected.

Homework          10%
Laboratory          25%
Exams (3)            65%

Homework: You are encouraged to discuss homework assignments with your classmates and the course staff. Discussions may include general approaches to a problem, suggested resource material and whether your final answer is correct or not. However, each student must hand in their own implementation of the homework.  Copying of homework will result in a grade of zero for all parties involved.

Labs: In the lab you will form teams of two.  You and lab partner may discuss the general approach to the lab assignment with other teams as well as with the course staff. However, each team must hand in their own solution to the lab. Only team members who contributed equally to the completion of the lab exercise and preparation of the report should sign the report.  By signing the lab report you'll be certifying that the work is yours!  Duplication of code, including code from previous course offerings (yes, we keep a data base!), and/or data will result in a grade of zero for all members of all teams involved.

Students must also return their lab IO board and any components to receive a grade.

Students who return damaged or broken boards or components will lose 10-20% from their lab grade depending on the damage!
Alternatively, students may replace any broken component at their expense to avoid grade penalty.

Exams: All exams are strictly individual efforts. Copying or otherwise cheating on an exam will result in a failing grade for the course.

Meaning of grades:  A = Exceeded requirements & expectations, B = Successfully met all requirements and expectations, C = Minimally met requirements but below expectations, NR = Course requirements not met.

Students with Disabilities:  Students with disabilities, who believe that they may need accommodations in this class, are encouraged to contact the Disability Services Office (DSO), as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. The DSO is located in Daniels Hall, phone is 508-831-4908.  Please then make an appointment with me to discuss the accommodations or any important medical information you believe you should share with me.

Absence: It is strongly recommended that students attend all classes.  In general make-up exams will not be given.  The instructor can make exceptions for documented medical reasons, documented family emergencies and to honor religious observances.  In cases of illness or emergency, the student must notify the instructor (by e-mail or phone) as soon as possible. In case, of religious obligation the student must notify the instructor in writing (i.e. by e-mail) at least 1 week before the planned absence.

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