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10% Midterm Exam
60% Project Performance (team)**
10% Oral Exam (individual)*
20% Written Report
In addition to the oral exam, factors such
as class/lab attendance, participation in project development, technical skill, and comprehension of course material will factor into your grade.
**Project grading criteria
- All projects must sense, actuate, and sequence events.
- Robustness – hands-free, reliable operation – is the
most important factor in grading.
- Projects must meet all rules and specifications – it is
important that three trains are allowed to operate simultaneously and that
projects support the block control concept. The basic idea is that projects
are part of a modular railroad and as such must allow trains to pass through
blocks unimpeded regardless of their speed and markings. All specialized magnets and
labels must not interfere with the smooth flow of traffic. Simultaneous
operation means that any train can pass through a project. This
feature means in particular that trains can operate on the NORTH track, the
SOUTH track and the EXPRESS track at the same time.
- Workmanship is an important factor.
- Documentation is an important factor.
- Meeting project timetables is an important factor.
- Projects are to be presented at the end of the term at a date to be announced. There will be an opportunity to present late projects, but there will be 1/2 letter grade penalty.
- Degree of difficulty and degree of effort will be
considered as part of the grading process, but they are not as important as
- Presentations should review all working aspects of
projects even if the complete project falls short of expectation or has bugs.
The process of design allows for the creation of
challenging plans. Sometimes (even often) plans surpass what can be achieved in
limited time. It is OK for the project to be redefined (de-scoped) in the final
days or hours of a project so long as the basic criteria for robustness and
meeting of all specifications are met.
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