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Responsibility

All course grades, including bonuses and penalties, are shown in the EG Gradebook. Therefore, you can see the grades we have assigned to you. You are responsible for ensuring that these grades are correct. For example, if you have a zero for a lab report grade but submitted the report, it is your responsibility to notify your faculty member as soon as possible.

Shortly after the end of the semester we calculate the grades using the grades shown in the EG Gradebook. If you have missing grades and have not identified them to your faculty member, they will be considered zero. We will not be able to investigate any claims of missing or erroneous grades after the semester is over.

For lab reports, some of the reports are individual reports, and others are team reports. For individual reports, you will prepare the entire report yourself, using the data your team collected. As individual efforts, you will receive individual grades. For team reports, the entire team shares in the preparation of the report, and all the members of the team receive the same grade.

All presentations are team efforts, and all members of the team will receive the same grade. Similarly, since the projects are team efforts, all members of the project team will receive the same grade.

Course Grade Breakdown

Note that there is neither a midterm nor a final exam for this course.

Figure 1a shows the grade breakdown for the standard EG1003 course. Figures 1b, 1c, and 1d show the grade breakdowns for no-credit variations of the EG1003 course taken by high schoolers as part of the Elementary General Engineering and Design program.

Figure 1a. EG1003 Course Grade Breakdown.
Item Breakdown
Teaching Assistant Lab Reports (Technical Content) 20%
Writing Consultant Lab Reports (Written Expression) 20%
Lab Quizzes 5%
Recitation Presentations 15%
Semester-Long Design Project 30%
Lecture Attendance 10%
Total 100%
Figure 1b. EGED I Course Grade Breakdown.
Item Breakdown
Teaching Assistant Lab Reports (Technical Content) 33.33%
Writing Consultant Lab Reports (Written Expression) 33.33%
Lab Quizzes 8.33%
Recitation Presentations 25.00%
Total 100.00%
Figure 1c. EGED II Course Grade Breakdown.
Item Breakdown
Recitation Presentations 33.33%
Semester-Long Design Project 66.67%
Total 100.00%
Figure 1d. EGED III Course Grade Breakdown.
Item Breakdown
Teaching Assistant Lab Reports (Technical Content) 22.22%
Writing Consultant Lab Reports (Written Expression) 22.22%
Lab Quizzes 5.56%
Recitation Presentations 16.67%
Semester-Long Design Project 33.33%
Total 100.00%

Lab Reports

All lab reports are due by 11:59:59PM the night before the next lab. This means that in most cases the lab report will be due about a week after you've performed the lab. However, if your lab does not meet the next week (e.g., because of a holiday), then your lab report would (most likely) be due the week after when the lab does meet again. This rule generally applies to unforeseen school cancellations such as snow days, emergencies, and evacuations as well; when events of this nature do occur, your faculty member and teaching assistants (TAs) will be in contact with you to provide event-specific information and instructions via email and the announcements page on the EG Website.

Once a lab report has been graded, students are not allowed to resubmit work for a better grade.

Teaching Assistant Lab Report Grade Breakdown

Figure 2. TA Lab Report Grade Breakdown.
Section Breakdown
Abstract 5%
Introduction 20%
Experimental Procedure 15%
Data/Observations 30%
Discussion/Conclusion 30%
Total 100%

All lab reports are graded for technical content by the teaching assistants of the grading committee, under faculty supervision, on a basis of 100 points. At the end of the semester, all the TA lab report grades are averaged together, excluding extra credit lab reports. This is then weighted according to the Course Grade Breakdown table shown in Figure 1. The weights used for each lab report grade are broken down in Figure 2.

Writing Consultant Lab Report Grade Breakdown

All lab reports are graded for grammar and style by your writing consultant (WC) on a basis of 100 points. At the end of the semester, all the WC lab report grades are averaged together, excluding extra credit lab reports. This is then weighted according to the Course Grade Breakdown table shown in Figure 1.

Competition Lab Bonus

Figure 3. Competition Bonus.
Minimum Number of Teams Place Bonus
0 1st +10
4 2nd +5
8 3rd +2

Some of the labs are competitions. To reward those teams who perform well, the point bonuses in Figure 3 will be added to the lab report grades for both the TA and WC for the appropriate teams.

If there is no report required for a competition lab, the bonuses will be divided by ten and applied to the presentation for that lab (i.e., the first place team will receive a presentation bonus of one point, etc.).

Lab Report Lateness Penalty

For lab reports that are late up to one week, a mandatory 20 point penalty will be applied. For lab reports more than one week but less than two weeks late, a mandatory 40 point penalty will be applied. For lab reports more than two weeks late, no credit will be given. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case by case basis, and can only be granted by your faculty member.

Students are only allowed to submit late lab reports once.

There is a final cutoff date for the submission of any and all work; it is 11:59:59PM the night before your final presentation. Any work received after the cutoff date will not be graded and will receive no credit, regardless of how late it actually is.

Lab Quizzes

At the start of each lab session there will be a brief quiz about the lab you will perform that day and lectures from a previous week. This ensures that you have read the lab ahead of time, and are prepared to perform the lab. This also ensures that you listened to previous lecture presentations. If you are not present for the quiz, you will receive a grade of zero. This ensures that you will be on time for the lab. Therefore, BE ON TIME FOR THE LAB! Quizzes are graded on a basis on 10 points. At the end of the semester, all the quiz grades are averaged together. This is then weighted according to the Course Grade Breakdown table shown in Figure 1.

Recitation Presentations

Your recitation TA will grade your presentation under faculty supervision on a basis of 10 points. If you are not present for the presentation, the rest of your team will give the presentation without you, putting an unfair burden on them. In addition, if you have not been excused by your faculty member ahead of time, you will receive a zero for the presentation. This is true even if you arrive for the recitation after the presentation has started, so BE ON TIME FOR THE RECITATION!. At the end of the semester, all the presentation grades are averaged together. This is then weighted according to the Course Grade Breakdown table shown in Figure 1.

Lab Presentations

Figure 4. Lab Presentation Grade Breakdown.
Component Breakdown
Technical Content 60%
Demonstration of Understanding 15%
Proper Spelling and Word Choice 5%
Proper Slide Format 5%
Presentation Skills 15%
Total 100%

After you've performed a lab, you will usually be doing a presentation of it at a later recitation. Your presentation will be done (usually with a lab partner) as a group. The weights used for each lab presentation grade are broken down in Figure 4.

Milestone Presentations

Figure 5. Milestone Presentation Grade Breakdown.
Component Breakdown
Project Objective and Background 20%
Technical Description 30%
Milestone Deliverables 40%
Project Assessment 10%
Total 100%

As the term progresses, you are required to present progress information at certain points during the project timeline called milestones. Refer to the syllabus for specific dates. There are deliverables due at each milestone. Refer to your project write-up for more information. The milestone presentations are graded on a basis of 10 points. The weights used for each milestone presentation grade are broken down in Figure 5.

Recitation Presentation Lateness

Your recitation presentation is due prior to the start of the recitation. Your recitation TA will communicate to you what specific time that is. The presentation must be submitted to eg.poly.edu, and a hardcopy of the presentation must be made by the time the recitation starts.

Because the presentation is done "live", NO LATE RECITATION PRESENTATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DEADLINE, AND YOUR TEAM WILL GET A ZERO FOR THAT PRESENTATION.

Semester-Long Design Project Grade Breakdown

Figure 6. SLDP Grade Breakdown.
Component Breakdown
Final Presentation 50%
Project Completion & Delivery 50%
Total 100%

The semester-long design project (SLDP) grade is based on a weighted average of the final presentation, the completeness of the project, and the ability to deliver on deadlines. The final presentation grade is an overall assessment of the completeness of your project, as well your performance during the Final Presentation. The SLDP grade is weighted according to the Course Grade Breakdown table shown in Figure 1.

The SLDP design must pass Benchmark Assessment A by the end of Model Shop Session 1 (Lab 6).

  • Extra credit is awarded to any team that completes their Benchmark Assessment A early. The form must be signed and timestamped at least 168 hours (one week) prior to the deadline. 2.5 points (out of 50) of extra credit will be awarded to your Project Completion & Delivery grade.
  • Failure to pass the assessment will result in a 10-point (out of 50) penalty to your Project Completion & Delivery grade.
  • Lateness of up to 168 hours (one week) will be tolerated in order to receive a reduced penalty of 3 points.
  • Lateness of up to 336 hours (two weeks) will be tolerated in order to receive a reduced penalty of 7 points. Any attempts at the assessment more than 336 hours past the due date will be considered to have failed the assessment, regardless of the result.

The SLDP design must pass Benchmark Assessment B by the end of Model Shop Session 2 (Lab 9).

  • Extra credit is awarded to any team that completes their Benchmark Assessment B early. The form must be signed and timestamped at least 168 hours (one week) prior to the deadline. 2.5 points (out of 50) of extra credit will be awarded to your Project Completion & Delivery grade.
  • Failure to pass the assessment will result in a 10-point (out of 50) penalty to your Project Completion & Delivery grade.
  • Lateness of up to 168 hours (one week) will be tolerated in order to receive a reduced penalty of 3 points.
  • Lateness of up to 336 hours (two weeks) will be tolerated in order to receive a reduced penalty of 7 points. Any attempts at the assessment more than 336 hours past the due date will be considered to have failed the assessment, regardless of the result.

In order to complete the project, a Final Submission package must be delivered. Refer to the syllabus for specific due dates.

  • Extra credit is awarded to any team that submits all project deliverables early. To be considered early, the design must be commissioned at least one week early and all project deliverables must arrive at EG at least one week prior to the SLDP submission due date. Refer to the syllabus for specific dates and times.
  • Failure to submit project deliverables will result in a grade of zero for your SLDP grade.
  • Lateness will not be tolerated.


Semester-Long Project Bonuses and Penalties

Figure 7. SLDP Bonuses and Penalties List.
Description Label Value
Benchmark A (Early) EC1 +2.5
Benchmark B (Early) EC2 +2.5
Early Submission of Project EC3 +10
Supermarket Logistics System (SLS)
Completion of Project EC4 +3
LEED Silver EC5 +2
LEED Gold EC6 +4
LEED Platinum EC7 +6
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Completion of Project with Hybrid Design EC8 +15
Completion of Project with Skimmer Design EC9 +10
Completion of Project with Rover Design EC10 +5
Bomb Disarming Robot (BDR)
Completion of Project Using Black Tunnel Route EC11 +3
Completion of Project Using Ramp Route EC12 +6
Disruption of Triangulation System EC13 +3
Retrieval of at Least One Triangulation Device EC14 +6
Search & Recovery Robot (SRR)
Completion of Project EC15 +5
Traversal of Spilled Fuel Area EC16 +2
Activation and Traversal of Solar Panel EC17 +2
Retrieval of Unity Module EC18 +2
Retrieval of Quest Module EC19 +3
Retrieval of Pirs Module EC20 +4
Retrieval and Delivery System (RDS)
Completion of Project EC21 +10
Extra Fuel Cells EC22 +2 each, up to +10
Security Infiltration Drone (SID)
Completion of Project EC23 +10
Retrieve Data Canister(s) EC24 +5 each, up to +10
Mars Rover Robot (MRR)
Completion of Project EC25 +15
Second Soil Sample EC26 +5
Travel across Canyon EC27 +6
Travel up and down Mountain EC28 +5
Extra Credit Water EC29 +3
Extra Credit Soil 1 EC30 +3
Extra Credit Soil 2 EC31 +3
Subterranean Infiltrator & Fortune Retriever (SIFR)
Completion of Project EC32 +15
H4/Ramp 3 EC33 +4
Return to Middle Layer EC34 +8
Return to Start EC35 +15
All Projects
Faculty Award EC36 up to +10

Figure 7 shows the bonuses and penalties that will be added to or subtracted from the SLDP.

For example, if you do an early submission of a BDR that uses the ramp route and the project is scored as an 80, your SLDP grade will be 80 (the base) + 10 (early submission) + 6 (ramp route), for a total grade of 96.

NOTE: Model Shop Sessions are mandatory. Failure to attend a Model Shop Session will result in a deduction of two points from your SLDP grade.

Commissioning

When you commission, you qualify for your respective projects’ extra credit. Consult the table above to determine what extra credit applies to your project.

Note: There is no extra credit for commissioning early.

Partial Commissioning

If you cannot commission by your Regular Submission deadline, you do not qualify for any SLDP extra credit and a partial grade will be given to your Commission grade based on your progress. Partial commissioning should only be used as a last resort. Heavy penalties will be assessed on your SLDP grade. This option is only available the last week of classes. Two TAs must be present in order to perform partial commissioning.

Early Submission

You must commission and have all deliverables listed on the Project Submission Form.

You will receive extra credit for submitting early. Refer to your syllabus for due dates.

If you turn in your project early to get early submission credit, you must do your project presentation using the CD/DVD/USB you submitted, with no additional material. If you modify your presentation from what's on the CD/DVD/USB, you will not receive the Early Submission bonus.

Regular Submission

You must have commissioned on time OR partially commissioned and have all deliverables listed on the Project Submission Form.

Refer to your syllabus for due dates.

Incomplete Submission

If you do not meet all the requirements listed on the Project Submission Form, your SLDP grade will be penalized two points for every item missing.

NOTE: Please note that the CD/DVD/USB will not be returned to the student.

Lecture Attendance

Attendance will be taken at the lectures each week. As you enter the Auditorium, your student ID card will be scanned to confirm your attendance. Be sure to have it with you, and have it ready as you approach the door.

At the end of the semester, the percentage of times you were recorded as present will be used in calculating your final grade, as shown in Figure 1.

Reporting Incorrect Grades

On the EG Website, you'll be able to select the course gradebook, where you can see all of your grades. We advise you to check it frequently. If there are missing grades for work that you submitted, bring it to your faculty member's and recitation TA's attentions. As you can tell from the preceding material, you will be receiving many grades from this course, and with hundreds of students taking the course it is possible that some work will be lost. If this happens, we will resolve it quickly. However, it is your responsibility to notify us when this occurs. Any missing work will be treated as a zero grade, so it is in your interest to make sure that this doesn't happen.

Grade Appeals

When you receive your graded work, you may feel that you have been graded unfairly. For example, points may have been deducted because of a missing component that was actually there. If, after consideration, you believe there was an error made in grading any of your work, you should bring it to the attention of the supervising faculty member for your section. The faculty member will want your original graded work plus any grade sheets that were attached to it by the staff. They will then review it using the EG1003 grading guidelines used for all sections and make any required adjustments. The last opportunity to request a grade appeal or to point out missing grades on the course gradebook is during your last recitation (the recitation in which you give your final presentation).

Grading Cutoffs

Any work submitted after 11:59:59PM of the night preceding the last recitation session will not be graded.

No makeup labs may be performed more than seven days after Lab 11.

Refer to the syllabus for project submission deadlines. No late submissions will be accepted.