Course Policies and Procedures
Dr. Phillip R. Rosenkrantz
| Introduction & Expectations | Homework | Quizzes/Tests |

| Participation/Cell Phones | Final Grades | Academic Integrity | Office Hours |

Add/Drop/Wait | Textbooks

 
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Revised 9/3/2014

INTRODUCTION, COMMUNICATIONS, & EXPECTATIONS - It is expected that you have planned for an adequate amount of energy and time to complete the course assignments and study appropriately. If you do not expect to have time to give the course the attention it deserves, it is suggested that you take it later. Also, it is the student's responsibility to keep up with class activities.

During the course of any quarter it is not unusual for me to change a homework assignment or reschedule a test or quiz as late as the class meeting before. This is usually done to help the class, not the instructor. Students are encouraged to exchange contact information with several people in the class in case a class or information is missed. Students are also encouraged to use email, Blackboard, and the course website to stay informed as well. If you are absent and miss an announcement given in class, it is not the instructor's responsibility to inform you. BlackBoard announcements and email are being used more all the time. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of email sent to their Cal Poly Pomona account.

Students are expected to be prepared and civil. The university's Suggested Faculty Expectations are very appropriate and apply in my courses.

Note that the College of Engineering Policies and Procedures will be followed whenever applicable.

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HOMEWORK - The homework policies shown here generally apply to problem solving courses. Essay type homework assignments will probably have specific instructions for format. Homework is where course material is learned, understood, and mastered. You can expect to gain most of your in-depth understanding and ability to solve problems quickly by studying your class notes, reviewing sample problems, and working homework problems. Homework prepares you for quizzes and exams and prepares you for future lectures. Failure to work on assigned problems will result in needless errors on quizzes and future assignments.

Homework Cycle - Homework will be due each week as shown on the assignment sheet. Typically, although not guaranteed, solutions will be handed out the same day or posted in Blackboard. Graded homework will be usually be returned at the next class. You may wish to make a copy of your homework before you turn it in for study and self-correction. If Blackboard is used, homework may be required to be uploaded to the course site in a "drop box" of some kind.

Collection - Homework will be collected at the beginning of class on the date due. Please turn in your homework as you enter class. Students who enter late should turn in their homework when they arrive, not at the end of class after any review has taken place. Late homework will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made. If Blackboard is used, students must upload their work by the deadline specified for the assignment.

Format - Handed in Assignments

  • Please put name, course and date in upper right corner of first sheet. Center the Assignment name at the top of the paper or on the top line.
  • It is suggested--although not required--that you write each problem on the page for future convenience
  • Engineering paper is OK, but students have a tendency to be sloppy. I personally believe lined three hole paper is more professional looking.
  • It is suggested that you use only one side of each page--and expected if you are using engineering paper. However it does save paper to write on both sides. Your choice if you used lined paper. If you write on both sides please make sure it is easy to identify problem numbers.
  • Please write DARK and legible. Please do not write with tiny lettering.
  • Clearly identify the problem(s) being answered by writing the problem number in the left margin and enclosing them in a box. Do not cover up the number with a staple in the corner.
  • Do not fold papers lengthwise. Please turn in papers flat.
  • Clearly identify answers.

Format - Bb and emailed Assignments

  • Follow the instructions given, but always include your name somewhere on the document. See the first first bullet in the section above.
  • For Blackboard and email assignments, follow the instructions given. However, always indentify the course code and your last name somewhere in your filename. (e.g., ime312homework1ortiz or ime312_hmwk1_ortiz). If you file name is labeled simply "homework" or "project" it often creates irritating problems with grading and file management--irritation that may affect partial credit.
Grading - students will typically be given 1 point for each homework problem completed. These points are for "practice effort" and little or no attempt will be make to correct methods or mistakes. Students will be expected to find their own mistakes using solutions given in class. One point may also be added if format and other instructions were followed. For Blackboard-based assignments, points may vary by assignment.

 
 
Final Homework Grade - Your total points divided by the most points earned times 100 will usually generate your homework grade. (eg. You earn 48 points. The highest total points in the class is 60 points. Your homework grade is calculated by: 48/60*100 = 80%)

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QUIZZES & TESTS- Most of my classes have only quizzes. In those classes usually the lowest quiz will be dropped as specified on the course syllabus before calculating your grade. Quizzes missed for any reason will earn a zero grade and will count as the dropped grade. There will be no make-up quizzes. (A note about grading: The method of grading described below is an attempt to meet the university's grading requirements without injecting "fear" into the learning process. Any student who meets the pre-requisites, attends class, listens, takes good notes, does their homework, and prepares for quizzes should not have any trouble with my classes.) Quizzes given on-line using Blackboard will be managed and graded differently. Instructions will be provided. Please note the following:

Quizzes and tests will be CLOSED NOTE - CLOSED BOOK - OPEN HANDOUTS/TABLES unless otherwise instructed. A formula sheet/or packet will sometimes be provided in advance or given out in class. Students may use handwritten formual sheets or their own set of tables if given instructions to do so on the quiz.

Quiz and test scores may be curved at the discretion of the instructor. However, the curved grade will be shown on the quiz or test along with the raw score. It has been my experience that less than 1/3 of my quizzes are curved.

Quizzes will normal be given at the end of class. Quizzes will cover computational/problem solving ability and depth of understanding.

The final one (or two) quiz(zes) will often be given during final exam week. My policy for final exam week is that final exams and quizzes will not be given early. Please consider this when you enroll in the course or be prepared to drop the final quiz grade. The purpose for this policy is to treat all students equally and acknowledges the increased amount of grading, test development, and student assistance that that is usually going on during this time of the quarter.

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CLASS PARTICIPATION - Class Participation includes all of the following: attendance, attentiveness, and participation in class discussions and activities (if applicable). Attendance is most critical for several reasons: (1) Most professors cover the material they expect you to know during class. Your ORIGINAL notes are often your best study resources; (2) Terminology, basic concepts, and conventions are typically heavily covered during the first 3-4 weeks. Students who miss this foundational material never seem to get back on track for truly mastering the material; (3) Most college students experience increased workloads and time pressures as the quarter or semester draws to a close; and (4) Team projects or activities can suffer if you are absent and do pull your share of the weight. You are expected to participate and be civil and respectful in the process. The temptation is to skip a few classes to "catch-up" in other areas. Unfortunately, this is a poor overall practice because the most valuable material is typically presented near the end of the course. Also, see campus expectations for Civility and Respect that apply to all Cal Poly Pomona courses.

CELL PHONE POLICY - In the past I have left it up to students to be courteous to the class and use their own discretion with cell phones and pagers. However, there are simply too many disturbances and distractions caused by a few cell phone abusers. Cell phones and pagers are to be off during class. You are not to take calls during class. I find that leaving and returning during class is very disturbing and rude. If you are in a group discussion it is especially rude. Exceptions would be emergency situations which you can notify me about before class.

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FINAL GRADES - Scores will be weighted and averaged. The following scale is from the University catalog and will be used to generate final grades. No curve is applied to final scores:

 Final Course Average

 Grade

 GPA

 Above 92.5

A Superior Work

4.0

90.0 - 92.4

A-

3.7

87.5-89.9

B+

3.3

82.5 - 87.4

B Very Good Work

3.0

80.0 - 82.4

 B-

2.7

77.5 - 79.9

C+

2.3

72.5 - 77.4

C Adequate Work

2.0

70.0 - 72.4

C-

1.7

67.5 - 69.9

D+

1.3

62.5 - 67.4

D Minimally Acceptable Work

1.0

60.0 - 62.4

D-

0.7

Below 60.0

F Unacceptable Work

0

Sample Calculation:

 Coursework % of Grade Your grades Weighted average
 Homework  10%  48/60 = 80%  8.0%
 Quizzes (best 5 out of 6)  70%  89%  62.3%
 Project  10%  92%  9.2%
 Participation  10%  90%  9.0%

 Final Grade
     88.5% = B+

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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY - Students are expected to do their own work on homework, quizzes, tests, and projects. Although studying and doing homework in groups is encouraged, outright copying of another person's work is unethical, unprofessional AND VIOLATES THE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY POLICIES REGARDING "ACADEMIC INTEGRITY". Students found using other individuals work as their own may receive no credit on their work, fail the course, and/or be expelled from the university. Recent cases of cheating have resulted in dismissal from the university (see the College of Engineering Policy on Academic Integrity and the Judicial Affairs Website for the latest policies on Academic Integrity).

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OFFICE HOURS - As the years pass, I find email to be the student method of choice for contacting me for assistance. Email is encouraged and is a very reliable way to contact me (note: Please use your real name when sending email and put the course number first in the subject field). I will try to be available during office hours. However, I am often called to meetings and find it necessary to miss part or all of my scheduled office hour. Students are encouraged to call the office before making a special trip to campus to see me just in case I am unavailable. If I miss my office hour and you see me later in the day, please feel free to ask me any questions. Students are welcome to call me at my home after 7:00 AM and before 10:00 PM, any day.

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POLICY FOR ADDING STUDENTS - I always feel bad when I have to turn students away from classes. The best I can do is take as many students as circumstances will allow, observe university policies, and be as fair and clear as possible. Below are my add/drop policies for various courses I teach:

IME 112, IME 301, IME EGR 403 and EGR 402 (except EGR 402H or EGR 403H Honors sections--see below)-

  • WAIT LIST - The on-line registration system will be used to handle most adds, drops, and waits prior to the first day the class meets. Sometimes you can get lucky and catch an opening during the add/drop period right before the day classes begins. Typically 4 or 5 students get a spot in the class this way.
  • FIRST CLASS MEETING - Because of the heavy demand for these classes any "no-shows" at the first class meeting will be administratively dropped and openings filled by students present. if you are registered for the class and cannot make the first class meeting, please contact me by email to save your spot.
  • PRIORITY FOR ADDING STUDENTS AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING -
    • I will use the wait list for adding students at the first class meeting.
    • In accordance to university policy, first priority for adds during the first class meeting will go to graduating seniors with a current grad check in their possession (an application for a grad check does not count here).Note that so far the university has not indicated that work related or other hardships are a priority over seniors with a grad check. If there are more graduating seniors with grad checks wanting to add than there are spaces, a lottery will be used to allocate the spaces.
    • Second priority will be the wait list.
    • Third priority, according to university policy, are Continuing Education students who can be enrolled in the class "...on a space available basis after regular students have been enrolled in the class." (2005-2007 University Catalog, pg. 32).
  • In EGR 403 there will be no adds after the first class meeting. Note: The number of spaces in the class is not necessarily the number of chairs in the room. The number of spaces is based on several factors.
  • Graduating Seniors with Grad Checks in their possession are encouraged to attend the first class meeting if they would like to still add the class.

EGR 402H and EGR 403H Honors Sections - All adds are handled by the Honors College Office. Call 909 869 3355

All other classes -

  • WAIT LIST - I do not have my own wait list (except when BroncoDirect will not create one--which does happen sometimes when labs are linked) and allow the on-line system to handle adds, drops and waits prior to the first class meeting. (Note: IE 419, IME 312 and IME 415 are supposed to have automatic pre-requisite checking). At the first class meeting roll will be taken to assess the potential number of students that will be added. The wait list will be used to determine who will be added. Students can continue to add the class until the add period is over if there are seats available on-line.
  • IME 314/L, IME 415/L, and IE 419 - I will generally take most eligible students up to the the number I can handle based on the course and room size. The wait list will be used for adding first. Show up to the first class meeting if the section is closed on-line.
  • IME 461, 462, 471 & 472 are currently handled during the first week of class by permission of the instructor and coordinated by the Administrative Coordinator in the IME Department Office. However, I can no longer register students for Senior Project in my name. See me to see how we are working around that.

Hardships - Please note that at this time the university does not recognize student hardships for work schedule, disabilities, units needed, or anything other than class standing and student status (regular vs. open university) as a reason for granting priority for adding classes. (2005-2007 University Catalog, pg. 32)

Swapping seats in the class - While it seems innocent enough, this practice defeats the intentions of the priority registration policy.

Open University - I do not take Open University Students in most of my classes for a variety of reasons. The major exception would be a student who is admitted to the university but wishes to start a quarter early...assuming there is room in the class.

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TEXTBOOKS - While textbooks can be expensive, they should be considered the backbone of your professional library and saved for future reference. They are part of the "tools of the trade" for professionals. My policy is to be prudent in choosing textbooks that are are not only helpful for learning the course materials, but would also be worthy references in your professional library. When possible I will choose less expensive editions (e.g., softcover vs. hardcover).

Textbook edition - The textbook edition specified for the course is the only approved textbook for the course. Previous editions should not be used. While most new editions are 90+% compatable with previous editions, experience has shown that it is impossible to maintain quality and reliability unless everyone is using the approved text. Students who use a previous edition and get into trouble will not be able to use that for an excuse. International Editions are not approved because they sometimes have different content. For example, in one class I taught last year three students had the international edition and were doing different homework problems than the other students. When I asked around I found out it is a common problem to have different material. eBook Editions - Some publishers offer book versions of the text. At this point in time I will leave it as personal preference in classes where I do not give open tests or quizzes. At this time I only teach one class with open book quizzes.

Textbook availability - Students who decide to purchase their textbooks on-line to save money should understand that it is your responsibility to have a textbook in time to complete the first assignments. You cannot use "I ordered it on-line and it did not arrive yet" as an excuse. If you order on-line you are responsible for a back-up plan if it doesn't arrive.

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