Overall you are expected to spend 150 hours or work and study in this unit. This will included time spent in the practical labs, but importantly a substantial amount of selfdirected time working on electronics design tasks. The 'estimated time on task' for each assessment item is an estimate of the additional time needed to complete each assessment outside of all scheduled learning activities and non-scheduled self-directed learning. These estimates assume that you actively engage with the scheduled learning activities, as well as time spent on self-directed design development.
Grading and Passing Requirement
The assessment consists solely of the lab and design work and in-semester online activity - there is no final examination in this unit. In order for students to pass this unit, they must obtained an mark accumulated across all assessments of 50% or greater.
For further details about grading, please refer below in the policies and procedures section.
DESIGN TASKS (3 x 30%; estimate time on task = 36 hours)
- Demonstration and Oral Defence (3 x 22%)
- Reflective Journal (3 x 8%)
Each of the three design tasks is equally weighted and worth 30% in total. On the completion of the design tasks, students will provide an individual demonstration and oral defence of their design work. The Demonstration and Oral Defence accounts for 22% for each design tasks. For each design task, the demonstration and defence will be undertaken in the practical class time and take approximately 15 minutes. In the case of receiving an unsatisfactory (fail) grade for a design task, students will get a chance to undertake a supplementary lab in the final week of the semester, Week 13. In this supplementary lab, students will get a chance to improve on only one failed design task, and the grade for that task will be capped at 50%.
During weeks when the design tasks are due, students are required to submit a written Experiment Design Log (like a journal). In the design log, which is to be completed periodically during the semester, students will be able to self-reflect on their work and experiences with the design task. Students should provide a description of the research, design, experimentation, and successful and failed attempts towards their final design for the course. In the same log, the students should also provide a detailed reference and online resource list that they used in order to complete the design task. The Experiment Design Log accounts for 8% (8 out of 30 marks for each task) of the total mark of each design task. The length of the experimental log/journal will vary, however entries to the log should be made regularly and each time you carry out work on the design task.
At the conclusion and assessment of each design task, letter grades will be reported in iLearn and feedback will be provided on an individual basis. Note that although constructive collaboration with student colleagues is acceptable, students MUST prepare their own design and reflective experimental log.
More detail on the oral defence and log will be provided, including a template and rubrics.
GROUP-BASED ONLINE ACTIVITY/PARTICIPATION (10%; estimate time on task = 6 hours)
Students will be required to engage in online activity and participation throughout the duration of the unit via iLearn. This activity will be primarily via group-based discussion, centred and reflecting on the design tasks and professional engineering attributes. Meaningful contribution to these discussions will be required in order to gain a satisfactory participation score. Details of this assessment and the activities will be made available in iLearn.
Late Submissions and Resubmission
There will be no opportunity for any late demonstration and oral defence unless special consideration is granted.
Late submission of the experimental design log will incur a penalty of 10% off the graded submission mark per day. Extenuating circumstances will be considered upon lodgement of an application for special consideration.
Resubmissions of work are not allowed.