CSE370 Workload and Grading
The course consists of the following elements:
- Lectures: there will be a total of 29 lectures. On the days when
a quiz is scheduled, the lecture will be 15-20 minutes shorter.
- Sections: there will be a total of 10 section hours during the
quarter. This time will be used to review the material, do sample
problems, demonstrate the use of the design tools you'll be using,
and answer questions that have arisen during lecture or doing the
- Reading: we will be covering most of the Katz text. Specific
reading assignments will be specified with each of the weekly
- Assignments: problem sets involving design problems, to be solved
with the use of computer-aided design tools, including a substantial
design project for the last three weeks of the quarter.
- Quizzes: there will be a 15 minute quiz every other week for
a total of four over the duration of the quarter.
- Final exam: a two hour exam during finals week.
We will try to keep the workload at what is typical for a course of
four credits, namely, eight to twelve hours per week outside of the
lectures. If we do not manage to do this, please let me know using
the feedback form and explain which parts
of the course are causing you to spend too much time non-productively.
Software tools frequently consume more time then they should. We hope
that we will design the assignments in such a way as to get you up to
speed with the tools slowly but undoubtedly there will be a bit of a
start-up cost with any new tool. Consider it to be similar to learning
a new language and compiler and getting familiar with the process.
Every tool imposes a certain model. Frustration can be high until you
assimilate that model and learn to use it. Until you learn to use the
model effectively make sure to ask for help and not spend countless
hours making no progress.
You are expected to turn in neat and complete weekly assignments. We
strongly urge you to use the graphical and word processing tools you
will have available on our computing environment to prepare them. This
will include a schematics editor, state diagram editor, and waveform
We will make solutions available on the course web for each of the
assignments, quizzes, and final exam in a timely fashion.
The grade for the course will be computed as follows:
The instructor will grade all the quizzes and the final exam. Weekly
assignments #1 through #7 will be graded by the graduate teaching
assistant. Assignments #8 and #9 will be graded by both. Weekly
assignments will be accepted up to the start of class on the due date.
Assignments turned in during or after the lecture at which they are
due will be penalized 10%. Assignments will not be accepted once we
have left the lecture room on the due date (unless there are serious
extenuating circumstances). Grading of the weekly assignments will be
on a coarse scale of 1 to 10. It is expected that you will carefully
review the solutions provided on the course web before questioning a
grade with either the instructor or teaching assistant.
- 30%: first seven weekly assignments (#1 through #7)
- 20%: last two assignments (#8 and #9)
- 15%: four bi-weekly quizzes
- 25%: final exam
- 10%: course participation
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