ME 144L Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dynamic Systems and Controls Lab The University of Texas at Austin
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Grading Policy:
  • Pre-Laboratory Preparation. This grade will be based on weekly assigned pre-labs, which will consist of readings and problems meant to prepare you for the week's lab and to reinforce topics covered in lecture. These assignments may be discussed in lecture and are due at the beginning of lab each week; they may be handwritten or typed. 
  • Laboratory Evaluations (LE). The  lab evaluations (LEs) are reports that will address specific questions or problems investigated during the laboratory. The LE format must be followed.  Due dates will be specified weekly. Clear and concise writing, drawings/schematics, and graphs are expected.
  • Notebook. You are advised to keep a notebook to record your lab work.  This should be a bound notebook with hard cover (no loose-leaf, no spiral or ring binders; exception for digital recording spiral notebooks): example.  This notebook is the only material you will be allowed to use in the final (individual) hands-on exam. 
  • Participation. The TA will grade your laboratory participation. The TA's grade will be based on observation of your individual contributions to each week's in-lab work. Attendance at all labs is required.
  • Hands-on quiz: an exam will be given during lab in the last week of classes.  Every student must work individually.  Time slots will be assigned by the TAs.
Course Outcomes:

This course addresses the following program outcomes of the ABET Engineering Curriculum 2000: 4, 5, 6, 7. In particular, attention by the student should be given to Outcome 4, "Ability to set up and conduct experiments, and to present the results in a professional manner."

Additional Information:
  • Make sure that the TA has recorded your e-mail address by the end of the first lab meeting.
  • It is expected that you will fully utilize libraries, computer facilities, and online resources as needed.
  • Attendance at all labs is required, and lecture attendance is highly recommended.  If you need to miss a lab session, it is your responsibility to contact the TA and your lab partner/team PRIOR to the lab session you expect to miss. Make-up work will be at the discretion of your lab TA.
  • Problems with team members should be referred to the course instructor as early as possible.
  • Lab switching will not be permitted without the written approval of the instructor.
  • All incidents of academic dishonesty will be treated in strict accordance with University policy.
  • Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259,
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