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Calculator Policy, Minimum Grades, and FE Exam

Minimum Grade Requirement

This serves to clarify recent changes to the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Curriculum regarding minimum grades for the following courses (see current M.E. Handbook for details):

  • A minimum grade of “C” in MEC 260 before being able to take MEC 262 and MEC 363
  • A minimum grade of “C” in MEC 260 and MEC 262 to graduate
  • A minimum grade of "C" in MEC 101 to take MEC 102
  • A minimum grade of "C" in MEC 363 to take MEC 316
  • A minimum grade of "C" in MEC 262 to take MEC 310
  • A minimum grade of “C” in MEC 441 in order to graduate 

Calculator Policy

Effective spring, 2008 only the following calculators will be permitted to be used on all midterm and final exams in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. There will be no exceptions! This list of calculators is identical to that allowed for the National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam that many of you will take in your senior year, as well as the Professional Engineering (PE) exam that you may take several years from now. The sooner you become comfortable on one of these calculators, the better.

NCEES Allowed Calculators

Casio: All fx-115 models. Any Casio calculator must contain fx-115 in its model name.
Hewlett Packard: The HP 33s and HP 35s models, but no others.
Texas Instruments: All TI-30X and TI-36X models. Any Texas Instruments calculator must contain either TI-30X or TI-36X in its model name.

The NCEES policy on calculators can be found at http://www.ncees.org/exams/calculators.

FE Exam

As you may be aware, the Department normally runs an awareness campaign around this time of the year to encourage you to register to take the Fundamentals of Engineering(FE) in spring 2014, which you all will be eligible to take, provided you are within 20 credits of graduating as of the spring semester. Register through NCEES http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/

Statement on Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is an extremely serious offense and will not be tolerated in any form. Academic dishonesty in general is the presentation of intellectual work that is not originally yours. Examples include, but are not limited to , copying or plagiarizing class assignments including homework, reports, designs, computer programs, and other submitted materials; copying or otherwise communicating answers on exams with other students; bringing unapproved aids, either in physical (written) or electronic form to an exam; obtaining copies of an exam prior to its administration, etc. Academic dishonesty violates both the ethical and moral standards of the Engineering profession and all infractions related to academic dishonesty will be prosecuted to the fullest via the CEAS CASA committee. For you, the honest student, academic dishonesty results in lower class curves, hence a depression in your GPA and class standing, while cheapening the degree you earn.

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