CES597/ ES497, Engineering Science Colloquium, 1 Unit, Spring 2015, Class Numbers 4251 and 2923


Lecture Room



Office hours



Thursday  4:00-5:30 PM

Salazar Blg. Room 2009A

Dr. Ali Kujoory

Salazar Blg. Room 2008A

Wednesday 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 major. The students may not miss more than one ES lecture in case of emergencies that should be substantiated. A report on each invited lecture must be submitted after the presentation. The course grade is depended on evaluation of these reports. CR/NC only.


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.

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 in writing a technical talk effectively.

Prerequisite: None

Textbook: None

Course Requirements:

1.        The student is required to attend at least a total of 10 lectures presented periodically at the colloquia (as listed in the table below) in the semester:

-       At least FIVE lectures from ES Lecture series and remaining lectures can be from ES, CS and/or Physics colloquia.

2.        Get the signature of the instructor who hosts each lecture you attend. 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.

3.        For FIVE of the ES lectures attended, the student is required to write a relatively formal technical report and summarize the presentation in 500-600 words including what he/she observed and learned, the applications, and how the technology can be used to improve the nature and human life. Use CES597 or ES497_Formats for your report.

4.        A soft copy of your report must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word within two weeks after each Lecture. Use CES597 or ES497_Formats for naming the file for the report you submit as an attachment with your email. Late submissions will not be accepted.

5.        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.




Time (1 hour)



Engineering Science Lectures

1st & 3rd Thursdays of Sep, Oct, Nov

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

Salazar 2009A


Computer Science Colloquium

Thursdays of the semester

Lecture at 12 PM

Salazar 2016


What Physicists Do

Mondays of the semester

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

Darwin 103


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.


-       Attend all the TEN lectures and

-       Submit FIVE 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