CES597/ ES497: Engineering Science Colloquium
Instructor: Ali Kujoory, Ph.D.
Fall 2015

Lecture: Thursdays 4:00-5:30 PM, Salazar 2009A
Office Hours: Tue 5:00-5:30 PM, Wed 2:00-2:30 PM, Thu 3:30-4:00 PM; or by appointment
Office: Salazar 2010B
Phone: (707) 664-2030
Email: ali DOT kujoory AT sonoma DOT edu

Course Catalogue Description:

Lecture - 1 hour-equivalent: Series of lectures on topics of interest and trend of technologies in the relevant fields of electrical engineering. A maximum of 1 unit can be applied to the ES or CES majors. The students may not miss any of the ES lectures unless it is substantiated acceptably. An acceptable technical summary 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.


Junior or Senior Status

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Expand the scope of student in various trends of science and technology and the impact of engineering on nature and human life.
  2. Improve student communication skills in effective technical writing and presentation.
  3. 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

Textbook: None

Course Requirements:

The student is required to attend all the ES lectures, 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 after each lecture and before the beginning of the following 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 have shown interest to improve their job search, resume writing, and interview capability in the recent course feedbacks, we are planning to have some lectures on these topics during the class time. The students are required to exercise the job hunting in this course for their own benefits. Each student needs to apply by emails to two companies with a cover letter and resume attachments with copies to the instructor.
  6. Click the Important Dates for the events you need to attend and the due dates for the reports.


Academic Honesty:

You are responsible to behave ethically & honestly. Copying, cheating, forgery, and other unethical or dishonest actions are not tolerated. See SSU Policy on Cheating and Plagiarism.

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 MSCES
Attend all the SIX ES lectures and Submit SIX acceptable reports on ES lectures. CREDIT A-C
Otherwise NO CREDIT D-F


Be Advised: The California Faculty Association is in the midst of a difficult contract dispute with management. It is possible that the faculty union will call a strike or other work stoppage this term. I will inform the class as soon as possible of any disruption to our class meeting schedule.


Student Learning Outcomes vs. 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
(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:
Lectures Days Time (1 Hour) Location
Engineering Lecture Series Thursdays Lecture at 4:30 PM, Refreshment at 4:00 PM
Salazar 2009A
Computer Science Colloquium Thursdays Lecture at 12 PM
Salazar 2016
What Physicists Do Mondays Lecture at 4:00 PM, Coffee at 3:30 PM
Darwin 103