Yes. But it is highly not recommended. Students are advised to form their group from within the same section. This will make it easier for us to schedule your discussion time and date, and save your group from the problem of finding a suitable time for all of you without any conflicts.
Not much. The lab supervisors and engineers restrict their help to guidance, explaining project details and giving you some ideas on how to proceed or overcome a problem. We help you in using any lab tools available.
We do NOT see any codes, or debug any of your software or hardware problems. Sorry.
You are encouraged to use the course forum to help each other
Yes. But first, you should submit a professional proposal detailing your idea. Should the lab supervisors agree that the idea is new and genuine, and that the difficulty level of your proposed project is similar to the suggested topics, then you will be granted permission to proceed.
Note that there are strict deadline before which you need to present your proposal (Check the website regularly). Late submissions are not accepted.
Not necessarily, the mid-term exam is only 25% of the total course grades. From our experience, many of those who fail the mid-term exam, work hard and do well in the quizzes, performance and project and eventually get good marks. :)
Not necessarily, you will for sure get a zero for the project part, yet it depends on how well you do in your exams, quizzes and practical lab work. Your overall total determines whether you pass or fail the course.
Generally, we are short on equipment and lab space, and students are disallowed to attend in other section, however there are two cases:
1. You should notify your direct lab supervisor with acceptable justification before few days time, should she/he agree, you further need to get the permission of the supervisor of the section you wish to attend. Both lab supervisors should agree and be notified!
2. If you don't notify either of the parts involved, you will be denied to access the lab.
If you have an exam at the time of the lab, you should present an official paper stating so.
No. Project examiners and project discussion dates are determined in a closed meeting between all lab engineers. Student don't have the luxury to choose their examiners nor discussion dates. In most cases, your examiner is your lab supervisor.