Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University
ECE 1810 (ENGRI 1810)
Overview and Policy

There are no prerequsites for this course. An interest in biology or medicine, and a desire to be an engineer are the motivators for taking this course.

The course will be based on lectures, web pages and the following text:
The book is : "Practical Electronics for inventors", second edition.
The author is: Paul Scherz.
The publisher is:  McGrawHill/Tab Electronics.
ISBN-10: 0071452818
ISBN-13: 978-0071452816

The book should be available at the campus store and at Amazon, both in paperback and Kindle format.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to concepts and practice of electronical engineering as applied to biology and medicine. Topics will include heart function, genetic engineering and gene models, and biological instrumentation.

Course Work

There will be homework, lab assignments and a final presentation. Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work. For this course, collaboration is allowed between partners in a group. Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may be subject to submission for
textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site.

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

If you feel that you have been unfairly graded, you have one week from the time the assignment is handed back to request a regrade. To request a regrade, you must submit the assignment with a written description of your concern attached to the instructor.

Laboratory Reports

Each laboratory block requires a written report. You will submit a single report for your group. The report must be handed in at your assigned lab section, one week after the lab is finished. The report should be submitted as a collection of pages stapled or bound together.

The report should be a concise documentation of the project assigned. The presentation should be arranged so that any reader with technical competence in the subject can easily understand what was done and how it was done. The following report organization is suggested:

  1. Introduction: Give a short explanation of what was done.
  2. Design and Testing Methods: Explain the approach you used for both software and hardware aspects of the assignment. Be sure to include the design of tests whose outcome are convincing to the reader (or to the instructor in the lab) that the requirements of the assignment have been met.
  3. Documentation: Include here drawings and program listings, together with any explanatory comments needed.
  4. Results: How fast was it? How accurate was it? What were the error ranges?
  5. Conclusions: Useability, what you might have done differently, etc. Any comments concerning the assignment, including suggestions for improvement, excuses, and complaints.
  6. Answers to specific questions given in the lab writeups.

Computer Accounts

If you save files on the lab machines, the files will be gone when the PCs reboot. You can access a permanent ECE storage area by going to \\n3.ece.cornell.edu\<netid> in a file explorer window and login
with AD\<netid> and their ECE password. For example:   \\n3.ece.cornell.edu\xyz123 and AD\xyz123.

As always, students can get ECE accounts by going to https://accounts.ece.cornell.edu. It can take up to a day to process them.  Backing up data on this storage is your responsibility and should do so regularly.  There are some online snapshots that occur, however, in the event of hardware failure, their data will be lost.   

Academic Concerns

If you are experiencing undue personal or academic stress at any time during the semester or need to talk with someone about a personal problem or situation, we encourage you to seek support as soon as possible. We are available to talk with you about stresses related to your work in the class. Additionally, we can assist you in reaching out to any one of a wide range of campus resources, including:

DISABILITY-RELATED CONCERNS: Students with either an ongoing or short-term disability are encouraged to contact Student Disability Services (SDS) for a confidential discussion of their need for academic accommodations.SDS is located in 420 CCC building; phone number is 254-4545.