The design of this course is meant for Freshman and Sophomore students from any college on campus. Regardless of your experience, the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Ecampus expect a high level of work from each of you to demonstrate that you understand important concepts and can write like a professional.

Lessons include a set of current readings, interactive instructions (sometimes with video/audio by experts), detailed how-to technical instructions, sometimes peer interactions, and scoring criteria to help students get started and stay motivated each week.

The work will take some trial and error as well as reflection. It will require you be willing to work independently. It will require you ask questions. It will require between 4 and 12* hours of your time each week (more in the summer).

When and how to ask for help

The work ahead should be challenging but not frustrating. If you get frustrated, then you are obligated to ask the instructor for assistance. If you spend more than 15 minutes in the struggle, then ask for help. When you feel a concept doesn't make sense, or you need more detail, ask the instructor for clarification. When you're looking for specific kinds of detail, consult OSU librarians or Answerland.org's 24/7 librarian.

When you have a question about expectations, ask the instructor using the Canvas Inbox.

Asking about Scores

After a project or discussion has been scored, review the feedback and scores to ensure accuracy. You can certainly ask for a review if you feel we missed something. Don't complain at length about the scores, however. We have scored thousands of essay projects and stand by our system. But we do make mistakes, so be sure to ask about them.

You can do this by replying in the Commenting area of the Assignment screen, (rather than using the Canvas Inbox). This method of asking about scores ensures we can easily click back to your assignment (whereas using the Inbox does not).

* OSU's definitions and guidelines for quarter credits imply that 120 hours of your time will be needed to read and understand the lecture notes, participate in interactive activities, and complete work for this 4-credit course (that's 12 hours per week). The 8-week summer session will require more time per week because more than one assignment will be due in a week.