CES597/ ES497, Engineering Science Colloquium, 1 Unit, Fall 2015, Class Numbers 2934 and 4310


Lecture Room



Office hours



Thursday  4:00-5:30 PM

Salazar Blg. Room 2009A

Dr. Ali Kujoory

Salazar Blg. Room 2008A

Tue 4:30-5:00 PM, Wed 3:00-3:30 PM or by appointment


(707) 664-2030


Course Description:

Lecture 1 hour-equivalent: Series of lectures on topics of interest in the relevant fields of electrical engineering. A maximum of 1 unit can be applied to the ES or CES major. The students may not miss any of the ES lectures unless it is substantiated acceptably. A report on each ES lecture must be submitted after the presentation. The course grade (CR/NC for ES 497, A-F for CES497) will depend upon evaluation of the reports.


Course Learning Objectives:

A.    Expand the scope of student in various trends of science and technology and the impact of engineering on nature and human life.

B.    Improve student communication skills in effective technical writing and presentation.

C.    Recognize the need for life-long learning.

Course Outcomes:

1.     Appreciate the trends of science and technology and impact of engineering on nature and human life.

2.     Ability to communicate and network with technology experts in industry and academia.

3.     Ability to report on writing technical talks effectively.

4.     Recognition of the need for life-long learning

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Status

Textbook: None

Course Requirements:

The student is required to attend all the ES lectures (http://www.sonoma.edu/engineering/lecture_series/), take good notes, and submit a report on each lecture as follows:

                            1.    The attendance is substantiated by a signature sheet. Prepare a copy of the ES Lecture Attendance form with your name and the information about the lecture to each lecture and ask the instructor to sign it for you. The instructor generally hosts each lecture you attend.

                            2.    The report you write should be relatively formal and technical following the CES597 or ES497_Report_Formats. The report summarizes the presentation in 500-600 words including what you observed and learned, the applications, and how the technology can be used to improve the nature and human life. Use for your report.

                            3.    A soft copy of your report must be submitted electronically as an attachment in Microsoft Word within two weeks after each Lecture. Use CES597 or ES497_Report_Formats for naming the file for the report. Late submissions will not be accepted.

                            4.    The instructor will review the report and may provide comments and ask for revision and resubmission of the report. Resubmission is due within one week.

                            5.    Since some students showed interest to improve their job search, resume writing, and interview capability in the recent course feedback, we are planning to have some lectures on these topics during the class time. You will be required also to exercise the job hunting in this course to you benefit.

Files for selected talks

Academic Honesty:

You are responsible to behave ethically & honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery, and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated. See http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/cheating_plagiarism.htm

Grades: The course credit is decided on your attendance and participations in the lectures and evaluation of your reports submitted.


Subject unless it is substantiated acceptably, e.g., an acceptable medical excuse)

ES Majors


-      Attend all the SIX ES lectures and

-      Submit SIX acceptable reports on ES lectures.







Relationship between ABET Student Outcomes and Course Learning Objectives

ABET Student Outcomes

Course Learning Objectives

Level of Support (N/A, 1-5)

1 = Least Support,

5 = Highest 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



(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

Assessment Methods

-    Assessment of the student learning

                                1.    Student reports on the lectures they attended

                                2.    The quality and technical content of the report

-    Course quality Assessment ­

1.     Student survey of the course

2.     Peer instructors feedback

ES, CS, & Physics colloquia time and locations:



Time (1 hour)



Engineering Lecture Series


Lecture at 4:30 PM, Refreshment at 4:00 PM

Salazar 2009


Computer Science Colloquium


Lecture at 12 PM

Salazar 2016


What Physicists Do


Lecture at 4:00 PM, Coffee at 3:30 PM

Darwin 103