ENGR211 Fall 2003
Guidelines for Submitting Assignments

For this course, it is assumed that you will be using the PC version of MATLAB 6. If you will be using (or would like to use) the Macintosh or Unix versions of MATLAB or will be using the Student Edition on any platform, please see me about modifications to these guidelines before you submit any work.

Please read and review these guidelines for each assignment you submit. If what you submit is not in the form outlined here, your work will be returned to you for correction and will be considered late until you re-submit it.

  1. Create a different folder (directory) for each assignment.

    Creating a new folder for each assignment is an excellent way of keeping things organized. Also, you can point MATLAB to this folder and avoid a number of problems that would crop up when you have files scattered over may different folders.

  2. Put all files relevant to the assignment in the folder. Be sure to include M-files, MAT-files, data files and text files.

    The solution you submit for each assignment should be self-contained whenever possible (and in this course this will always be possible). I will be executing any M-files you send to me in order to evaluate your work. If your program does not run because a key file or bit of data is missing, the assignment will be considered late until you correct the problem. Make sure the version of the folder you submit is the current version.

  3. Create a text (ASCII) file called readme.txt and place it in the folder for the assignment. Include in this file any discussion of what should be done to execute and evaluate your work.

    This need not be an involved document. Just a simple set of directions that tell me what I should do to look at your work. This file is also a good place to put comments about problems that you might have encountered in the solution of the problem (see the Feedback section, below).

    You can create text files using the editor built into MATLAB by using the New M-File option under the File menu. When MATLAB asks if you want to include a .m on the name when you save it, just say no.

    If you use WORD, you can create a text file by using the Save As ... option under the File menu. Select "Text Only" from the list of format choices. Do not save readme.txt as a formatted Word document.

  4. Copy (drag) the folder to the desktop of the machine you are working on. Rename it with your username (the part of your email address before the @ sign) using all lower-case letters.

    It will probably be best to give different folders different names while you work on them. However, when you submit your work, it will expedite grading if each person's username identifies their work/folder.

  5. Drop this renamed folder into the drop-box in my folder on Academic Departments. Be careful about your choice of server and location of the drop-box. On Netspace, find the drop-box by following this path

    I believe the facultystaff directory appears as the t: drive on Windows.

    Work submitted to the wrong place will be considered late until you correct the problem.

Getting Feedback

  1. I will send a general email to the class that lists assignments that were submitted by a particular due date. This will allow you to verify that your work was successfully submitted.

  2. If an assignment fails to run due to an error on submitting the work (e.g., you forgot to include a key file), you will be notified by email and a late penalty will be assessed from that point.

  3. While you should submit solutions that "work", there may be instances where what you end up with runs without error but does not generate useful results. In such a case, you should assess you situation and briefly describe what you think is wrong. Include this assessment in the readme.txt file that accompanies your work.

  4. If appropriate, I will include comments in your folder and return your work by attaching it to an email message or by placing it in your drop-box on the Netspace Server. Alternatively, I may simply print out appropriate figures and comments. In all instances, you are welcome to get your work back for review.

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