CES597/ EE497: Engineering Science Colloquium
Instructor: Ali Kujoory, Ph.D.
Spring 2019

Lecture: Thursdays 4:00-5:30 PM, Salazar 2009A
Office Hours: Tue 1:30-2:00 PM & 5:00-5:30 PM, Thu 3:00-4:00 PM; or by appointment
Office: Salazar 2010C
Phone: (707) 664-2030
Email: ali.kujoory@sonoma.edu

Course Catalogue Description:

Lecture - 1 hour-equivalent: Attending a series of engineering science lectures on topics of interest and trend of technologies in the relevant fields of electrical and computer engineering presented by experts from academia and industry. A maximum of one unit can be applied to the EE or CES majors. Acceptable technical summary report on each ES lecture must be submitted after the presentation. Other tasks, such as acceptable presentation on a related topic, are required. The course grade (CR/NC for EE 497, A-F for CES497) will depend upon evaluation of the reports and the presentation. Prerequisites: senior level standing or consent of the instructor.  (Crosslisted with CES 597)


Senior Status or consent of Instructor.

Please note that this course is accpeted to be a WIC (Writing Intensive Curriculum) course. Thus, passing this course properly can be used as a substitiute for passing the WEPT (Written English Proficiency Test) which means that you are expected to do also very well in writing your reports and presentaions.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Expand the scope of student in various trends of science and technology and the impact of engineering on nature and human life.
  2. Improve student communication skills in effective technical writing and presentation.
  3. Recognize the need for life-long learning.
  4. Practice ethics - No Copying in the reports or presentations
  5. Practice improving your writing in English

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 write your report in good English and technically acceptable.
  4. Ability to make your presentaion in good English and technically acceptable.
  5. Recognition of the need for life-long learning
  6. Be ethical in your work and life

Textbook: None

Course Requirements:

The student is required to attend each lecture at the Engineering Colloquium (ES Lecture Series), take good notes, and submit an acceptable technical reporton each lecture as follows:

  1. The attendance is substantiated by a signature sheet. Please bring a copy of the ES Lecture Attendance form with your name and the information about the lecture for each lecture and ask the instructor to sign it for you. The instructor generally hosts each lecture you att//end.
  2. The report you write should be technical, in good English, and relatively formal following the CES597 or EE497 Report Structure. The report summarizes the presentation in a minumum of 650 words including what you observed and learned, the applications of the subject, and how the technology can be used to improve the nature and human life. Please do not use the cliche introduction or repititions to add to the number od words in your report.
  3. A soft copy of your report must be uploaded on the Canvas page in Microsoft Word after each lecture and before the beginning of the following lecture. Use CES597 or EE497 Report Structure for naming the file for the report that you submit. Please note that Canvas uses the "turnitin" software to identify the copying from others and flag plagiarism for reporting that can affect your passing the course and graduation!
  4. Late submissions, wrong file name format, wrong file content format, and less than 650 words in content will not be accepted. The instructor will review the report and may provide comments and ask for for your revision and resubmission of the report. Resubmission is due within one week.
  5. Since some students have shown interest to improve their job search, resume writing, and interview and presentation skills in the recent course feedbacks, we will have some presentations by the students on these topics during the class time. Each student also selects one of the assigned Presentation_topics, research on it and put together 15-20 slides for a 30-minute presentation on the topic to the class for their own and the classmates benefits. Each student is expected to make first an outline for her/his presentation and put together the slides and submit to the instructor at least two weeks before the presentation for review and for approval. Canvas will prompt you to submit on time so that you would not lose grades.
  6. Click the Important Dates for the events you need to attend and the due dates for the reports and presentations.

Academic Integrity:

Students should be familiar with the University’s Cheating and Plagiarism policy http://www.sonoma.edu/UAffairs/policies/cheating_plagiarism.htm. Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at Sonoma State University and the University’s policy, require you to be honest in all your academic course work. Instances of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Cheating on the reports and presentation slides or plagiarism (presenting the work of another as your own, or the use of another person’s ideas without giving proper credit) will result in a failing grade and sanctions by the University. For this class, all assignments are to be completed by the individual student unless otherwise specified.

Grades: The course credit for the senior students or grade for the graduate students is decided on your attendance and participations in the lectures and evaluation of your reports and presentations.

Grade Policy


Six Lecture reports (100 points/report)


Draft PowerPoint slides


Final slides




Attendance and participation




The final grades will be normalized to 100 points.


For EE students, the credit requires a grade 75 and above (C and above since this course is a major required course).


For CES students, grades A-F applies.


























  Student Learning Outcomes vs. Course Learning Objectives (CLOs)

ABET Student Outcome


1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences


4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts


5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions


7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies


Assessment Methods

Assessment of the student learning

  1. Student reports on the lectures they attended
  2. The quality and technical content of the report
  3. Student Presentation on the assigned topic

Course quality Assessment

  1. Student survey of the course
  2. Peer instructors feedback

ES, CS, & Physics colloquia time and locations:




Time (1 Hour)


Engineering Lecture Series


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

Salazar 2009A

Computer Science Colloquium


Lecture at 12 PM

Salazar 2016

What Physicists Do


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

Darwin 103

Dropping and Adding:

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc. How to Add a Class http://www.sonoma.edu/registration/addclasses.html has step-by-step instructions.  Registration Information http://www.sonoma.edu/registration/regannounce.html lists important deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes.

Campus Policy on Disability Access for Students:

If you are a student with a disability, and think you may need academic accommodations, please contact Disability Services for Students (DSS), located in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, Voice: (707) 664-2677, TTY/TDD: (707) 664-2958, as early as possible in order to avoid a delay in receiving accommodation services.  Use of DSS services, including testing accommodations, requires prior authorization by DSS. See SSU’s policy on Disability Access for Students http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/disabilitypolicy.htm.

Emergency Evacuation:

If you are a student with a disability and you think you may require assistance evacuating a building in the event of a disaster, you should inform your instructor about the type of assistance you may require. You and your instructor should discuss your specific needs and the type of precautions that should be made in advance of such an event (i.e. assigning a buddy to guide you down the stairway). We encourage you to take advantage of these preventative measures as soon as possible and contact the Disability Services for Students office if other classroom accommodations are needed.

Additional Resources (Optional/suggested statements):

SSU Writing Center:

The SSU Writing Center, located at Schulz 1103, helps SSU students become better writers and produce better written documents. The knowledgeable and friendly tutors can help you with a wide array of concerns, from generating good ideas and organizing papers more clearly to learning citation formats and using semi-colons correctly. Visit the Writing Center website http://www.sonoma.edu/programs/writingcenter/default.html for more information on how to schedule time with a tutor.