ES 101B Section 2: Communication in the Digital Age Laboratory (1 unit)

Class No. 3057, Fall 2014



Lab hours

Lab Location



Office hours all in Salazar Blg.





5:30-8:20 PM

Salazar 2003 (2001, 2006)

Dr. Ali Kujoory

Salazar Room 2008A

Wed 4:00-5:00 PM

or by appointment

(707) 664-2030


Course Description - 3 hours. Laboratory to demonstrate the concepts discussed in the course ES 101A and give hands-on experience to the students.


GE Area - This course meets the GE science laboratory requirement and does not apply to ES majors.


Co-requisite - ES 101A is highly recommended, talk to the instructor if not taken

Prerequisite - GE Math eligibility


Course Learning Objectives: - The objectives of this course are to achieve the GE Area B3 objectives as follows:

A.     Let the students learn some practical aspects of theories of science and technology.

B.     Provide students hands-on experience of common terminologies used in electricity, communication, and computer.

C.     Acquaint students with various engineering lab environments and basic equipment.

D.     Let the students exercise the terminologies through Internet research and discussions in groups.


Student Outcomes:

1.      Awareness of basic electronic components and lab equipment and common terminologies in electricity, communication, and computer.

2.      Awareness of what goes on in in the electronics, communications, networking, and photonics labs.

3.      Appreciation of working together in group to perform and experiment.

4.      Ability to express common terminologies in electronics, communications, and computer through Internet research and presenting them to the groups.


Attendance - Attendance is mandatory. There will be no excused absences except in the case of emergencies that could be substantiated.


Text Book and References – No textbook is required. Instructions are available via this webpage for each lab experiment.


Lab Experiments - Provide you hands-on experience in a group setting (See the table below)

       The experiments are performed in groups of 2 students per group (unless there is an odd number of students in the class, in which case there may be 3 students in one group). You can choose your own partners

       You are encouraged to read the lab instructions before coming to the lab.


Lab Report – Each group is expected to write a lab report during the lab session, preferably in the last 30-40 minutes for the whole group. The group turns in a hard copy of the report at the end of the lab session. The lab reporter rotates after each experiment. Please use MS Word (and MS Excel if needed) to write a concise and neat report, single space, 2-3 pages. Hand-written reports are not accepted. Your report should include:

       The title of the experiment, date of the lab session, the group number, name of the reporter, name of other group members.

       Answer to each question in the instruction sheet including the data you were asked to report on.

       Include briefly any discussions, observations the group made, and your conclusions based on your results.


It is best to make a soft copy of the lab instruction in the computer, and add your answers in the spaces or tables provided in the instruction and include your observations and conclusions.  Then remove the sections such as objectives, introduction, and procedure before submitting the report.


Class Participation - Your active participation in the lab and in the group discussions* is essential. That includes also doing the experiment, taking the data and asking pertinent questions.


Exams – There will be one midterm and one final exam (see the tentative list of activities below).


Academic Honesty - You are responsible to behave ethically and honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery, & other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated, will receive zero grade & can be reported to the SSU authorities. See


Course Assessment Methods & Grade Policy:

Ten Lab reports


Attendance & participations in the lab & group discussions







Grades: A >= 94, A- = 90-93, B+ = 87-89, B =84-86, B- =80-83, C+ =77-79, C- =74-76, C- =70-73, D+ =67-69, D = 64-66, D- = 60-63, F =< 60


Our Expectations:

       Arrive on time to attend the lab. Unexcused absences will badly affect your grade.

       Read the lab instructions available on the course website before you come to class. You can bring a copy with you.

       Hand in your report at the end of the session.

       Speak up whenever you have suggestions or questions.

       Make sure to have your cell phone, earphone & other distracting devices turned off.


TENTATIVE List of Activities - Use your Seawolf UserID & password to access the instructions for the experiments.



5:30-8:20 PM

Session Topic (at Salazar 2003, unless stated otherwise)   Protoboard_for_Quick_Solderless_CIrcuits.docx


Introduction to the course & a tour of engineering labs


DC Power Supplies and Multimeter


Protoboard for Quick Solderless Circuits




Function Generator and Oscilloscope




Intro to Digital Electronics.docx


Review for Midterm + Group Discussions 1




Plot Data by MS Excel


LowPass, HighPass, and BandPass Filters






Review for Final Exam + Group Discussions 2


Thanksgiving Break, NO LAB/CLASS


FINAL EXAM (Salazar Room 2003)


*-Group Discussions:  Provides the students the opportunity to exercise teamwork to research a given topic, develop solution, and present their finding to their peers.

       The class is divided into several groups; each group comprises 2-3 students to work out the given topic.

       Members work together to research the topic during the lab session, e.g., through the Internet, to put together a few slides and present their finding to the class.

       The slide set can comprise at least four slides as follows:

1.      A title slide that includes the topic title, group number and member names.

2.      A slide that describes the topic briefly.

3.      One or more slides on advantages, disadvantages, and applications of the topic. Use diagrams, examples, clips, or any mechanism that support or help your argument.

4.      A summary or conclusion slide plus a list of the references for the content.


Relationship between ABET Student Outcomes and Course Learning Objectives

ABET Student Outcomes

Course Learning Objectives

Level of Support

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering


(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

B, C


(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs


(d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams


(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems


(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


(g) an ability to communicate effectively



(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context



(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning



(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues



(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

A, B, C



Assessment Methods

       Assessment of the student learning

1.      Students assignments on the lectures they attended

2.      The results of the students midterm and final exams

       Course quality Assessment

1.      Student survey of the course

2.      Peer instructors feedback