Fri, 13 Dec 2013, 21:39

My students,

I decided to step away from the exam room to send all of you email while you
are finishing the exam.  I know EE 306 has been a challenging course, and 
I hope you are showing your best on the exam.  

First I want to thank you for your efforts to learn the material.  It has been
a pleasure being your instructor in this course.  

Please get a well-deserved rest over the next few weeks and come back in 
January ready to take on the next challenge.  For most of you that will be
EE319K, and I wish you good luck in it.  For some of you, the best next step
if you want to stay in ECE is to take EE306 again.  Professor Telang will be 
your instructor in the Spring, and I am told she is excellent.  Good luck 
with it. 

For some of you there is some unfinished business.  A few of you will get
email from me to see me as soon as possible.  I would like to meet with those
of you who get that email before you leave Austin for the break if possible.
I will be here all next week, so we should be able to arrange a time.  Earlier
is better.

Some of you may have some discrepancy about a grade on a program you want me
to look at.  Please feel free to come by anytime.  Tomorrow I will be busy
grading final exams with my TAs, but Sunday or Monday should be fine.  Best
time is late afternoon or early evening.  After Monday is also fine if you 
have exams on Monday.

Your final exam will be available for you to look at, starting Monday, until
the end of January.  It is not urgent that you do so immediately but please
look at your exam sometime before the end of January.  Two reasons for doing
so:  (1) it is a learning experience.  You can see what you got wrong.  (2) it
is a check to make sure we graded your exam correctly.  We try hard, but we
are human, so we may have made an error in grading.  If you look at your
exam and you see an error in grading, please bring it to my attention.  
I will regrade it and change your final grade in EE306 if appropriate.  I will
send separate email later in the weekend as to the process for examing your
final exam.

If you want to contact me for any reason, either via email or in my office,
please do not hesitate to do so.  The course evaluations were anonymous, as
they should be.  But if you want to comment on anything non-anonymously, feel 
free to do so.

Again, it has been a pleasure teaching EE306 this semester.  I hope now that
it is over, you look back on it as a valuable experience.  I hope to see some
of you again in EE460N at some point.

Have a great semester break.

Yale Patt