The evaluation of the course includes exams and the possibility to do an optional laboratory work that is highly recommended but not mandatory. If students opt to do the laboratory work, the final grade will be made by the course exams (55% of the final grade) and the laboratory grade (45% of the final grade).
Regarding the laboratory grading system, the students will do a series of field measurements to learn how to monitor and analyze the performance and functioning of mobile radio networks. The students will do an oral presentation to show the measured results and the analysis conducted over the measurements. The students and the lectures will agree on an appropriate date for the oral presentation, and the duration of the presentation will be approximately 60 min (including the questions & answers turn). The laboratory grading will available for the extraordinary calls of September and December. With regards to the course exams, the student can opt to do a single final exam or have continuous evaluation.
The final exam will include theory questions (such as multiple choice questions with penalty) and exercises. The duration of the exam will be 3 hours. If the student opts to the final exam, it is not mandatory to do the lab exam although it is highly recommended. The final exam grading will be available for the extraordinary calls of September and December.
In the case of the continuous evaluation, the students will do 3 midterm exams during the course. These exams will include theory questions (such as multiple choice questions with penalty) and exercises. If a student fails one of the exams, they can repeat it once (and they can only repeat one exam). If they fail the same exam twice, the students will have to mandatory opt for the single final exam at the end of the course. To consider the continuous evaluation, the student must pass all 4-5 midterm exams, and the final exam grade will be the average of the 3-4 midterm exams. The lab exam is mandatory for those students that opt for the continuous evaluation system. The final exam grade for the continuous evaluation will be available for the extraordinary calls of September and December.
We next describe the changes that have been necessary to the course guide due to the situation generated by Covid-19.
Theory lectures: lectures are taught online in the timeframe allocated to this course with the direct and interactive participation of the students. We use the platform Google Meet that is available from UMH’s virtual campus. The lectures are also recorded and provided to the students through the virtual campus platform at UMH. Some lectures have been recorded through other platforms such as Camtasia and have been provided as a video to the students using Google Drive.
Lab lectures: the lab lectures are also provided online in the timeframe allocated to the course for this purpose. We also use the platform Google Meet available at UMH’s virtual campus. During the lab lectures, the faculty will explain students how to measure, monitor and analyze the operation and performance of a mobile network using measurements collected during field experiments.
Tutoring hours: tutoring is done on demand by students using the platform Google Meet. The students and faculty must previously agree on a date by email. The faculty also responds to doubts by email when students prefer this option.
EVALUATION. Systems and criteria to evaluate the course.
There are two grading options for this course:
Option A): Continuous evaluation where the exam accounts for 90% of the grade and the lab evaluation for 10%; we reduced the grade for the lab since students will not be able to do their own measurements because of confinement. There will be three mid-term exams during the course that will cover different units of the course. These exams will include test questions (correct answers add points and incorrect ones reduce points), short questions where students must explain important concepts of the course, as well as resolution of problems. If students fail one of the mid-term exams they can repeat. However, they can only repeat one of the three mid-term exams. If they fail another mid-term exam, they will have to do the final exam and option B for evaluation. To opt for the continuous evaluation grade, the student must pass the three mid-term exams and the exam grade will be the mean of the three mid-term exams. The lab evaluation will consist of lab questions related to measurements and processing of a mobile network where students will have to explain the information retrieved from the measurements and explain the impact of the measurements on the operation and performance of the mobile network. The final grade is the weighted grade considering the exams and the lab evaluation.
Option B): Final grade. The students must pass a single final exam that will include test questions, short questions and problems as it was the case for the mid-term exams. The final exam will correspond to 90% of the final grade and the lab evaluation to the remaining 10%. The lab evaluation will be conducted as for Option A.
For both evaluation options, exams are conducted using the platform Google Meet. Exams are distributed to students when the exams start and the exam is conducted under the supervision of the lecturers. The students must utilize a webcam or mobile cameras to be able to monitor their exam and working environment.