Computing for Scientists & Engineers

HAWKINS                                               CMPS 1371                                   FALL 2013


INSTRUCTOR:          Tim Hawkins

OFFICE:                     Sequoya 141H

PHONE:                     706-272-2514

OFFICE HOURS:      See office door for posted hours, or by appointment



TEXT:             Engineering Computation with Matlab, by David Smith 3rd edition

                        Addison Wesley,         ISBN-13: 978-0132568708


PREREQUISITE                    College Algebra (MATH1111)




The course will cover selected material in Chapters 1 through 16 of the text.  The course introduces skills and concepts which are needed to use the computer in scientific and engineering work.  Topics include design and analysis of algorithms, methods and techniques of scientific computation, and the organization of software.




Student Learning Outcomes:          Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:


About Matlab:              Matlab is an excellent first language for engineers.  It is an interpreted language that provides students immediate feedback when a program is run.  It is an ideal environment for ordinary engineering computation.  The course is conducted from the Matlab programming environment.  “Matlab” is a registered trademark of The MathWorks, Inc.  Students who wish to work on their Matlab assignments on their own computers are required to purchase a Matlab license.  For students not wishing to purchase the license, DSC provides access to computers equipped with Matlab licenses through a licensing arrangement with The MathWorks, Inc.


Tests:  Three chapter tests will be given over the term along with a comprehensive final exam.  The average of the three tests will represent 60% of the class grade.

Test 1     Chapter 1 to Chapter 7

Test 2     Chapter 8 to Chapter 12  

Test 3     Chapter 13 to Chapter 16


Homework / Labs:  Homework will be assigned daily and discussed the following class period.  Assignments will allow students to apply the material covered in lecture to programming problems.  Labs will be self-paced exercises in assorted computer-related topics.  Specified problems will turned in for a grade.  The homework average represents 25% of the class grade. .  (Late assignments will be penalized 5 points for each calendar day they are late)


Final Exam:    The Final Exam is a comprehensive exam that will represent 15% of the class grade.  The Final Exam is currently scheduled for:                Wednesday, December 4, 2013 (10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.)


Final Grades:  The course grade will be based on the comprehensive final exam (15%), homework/labs average (25%), and class test average (60%).   


                                                Grade Average                   Course Grade

                                                      90 - 100                                       A

                                                      80 - 89                                         B

                                                      70 - 79                                         C

                                                      60 - 69                                         D

                                                      Below 60                                     F




Attendance:    If you are absent from a class, you are responsible for all material covered and all announcements made.  No make-up tests will be given for any reason.  If you know that you will be out on a test date due to prior obligations, then you may make an appointment to take the test early.  If you are absent from a test, the final exam will replace your missed test score (final exam replaces lowest test score).  Only one missed test can be replaced; a second or third missed test will be given a grade of zero.


Honesty:         Every student is expected and required to do his or her own work in this course and all other courses at Dalton State College.  Any instances of cheating will result in a minimum penalty of zero on the assignment up to a possible dismissal from the course with a grade of “F”.  Cheating and plagiarism are a part of the Dalton State Code of Student Conduct, which can be found in its most updated form at


Etiquette:        Talking in class should be restricted solely to questions and comments pertaining to the material at hand and intended for me and the whole class to hear.  Using cellular phones, pagers, CD players, radios, and/or similar devices is prohibited in the classroom.  Dalton State is committed to respect via the Roadrunner Respect pledge


“I pledge to show my fellow Roadrunner students, faculty, staff, and administration respect by treating others the way they want to be treated and by thinking about others first before making decisions that might affect them.”




The last day to drop this class without penalty is Thursday, October 24, 2013.  You will be assigned a grade of W.  After this date, withdrawal without penalty is permitted only in cases of extreme hardship as determined by the Vice President for Academic Affairs; otherwise a grade of WF will be issued.  Students who fail to complete the official drop/withdrawal procedure will receive the grade of F.  Withdrawal from class is a student responsibility.  Before dropping any class, the college strongly advises that students meet with their academic advisor and their instructor to discuss the impact of a withdrawal on their graduation plans.  The college also strongly advises students who are receiving any type of financial aid to visit the Financial Aid Office in Pope Student Center to discuss the impact a withdrawal may have on their financial aid status.  The grade of W counts as hours attempted for the purposes of financial aid.




If a student receiving aid administered by the DSC Workforce Development Department drops this class or completely withdraws from the College, the Schedule Adjustment Form must be taken to the Workforce Development Office located in Room 214 of the Technical Education Building. The Office is open on the following schedule:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday:  9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday:  8:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.  The office phone number is 272-2635.




Students with disabilities or special needs are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services in Academic Resources.  In order to make an appointment to obtain information on the process of qualifying for accommodations, the student student should visit the Disability Support Services Library Guide or contact the Coordinator of Disability Support Services.


Contact information:                         Andrea Roberson, Pope Student Center, Lower Level





If the college is closed for inclement weather or other conditions, please consult the course calendar and complete the assigned sections.  If possible, check GeorgiaView or your email for additional assignments, activities, and due dates.  I will load a PowerPoint of the missed lecture in GeorgiaView, and I will be able to answer questions through email.  Compensatory make-up days may be required if the total number of days lost exceeds the equivalent of one week of class time.