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Academic and Research Vice-rector

Activities guide and evaluation rubric

1. General description of the course

Faculty or Escuela de Ciencias Básicas, Tecnología e

Academic Unit Ingeniería
Academic Level Profesional
Academic Field Formación interdisciplinar básica común
Course Name Teoria Electromagnética y Ondas
Course Code 203058
Course Type Theoretical Can be yes ☒ No ☐
Number of Credits 3

2. Description of the activity

Type of the
Individual ☐ Collaborative ☒ of 4
Moment of Unit 1
Initial ☐ ☒ Final ☐
evaluation: Intermediate:
Delivery Environment of the
Evaluative score of the
activity: Monitoring and evaluation
activity: 110
Starting date of the activity: Deadline of the activity: March
February 19th 2018 17th 2018
Competence to develop:
The student recognizes the transmission characterizes in
electromagnetic waves (transmitted power, losses and attenuation)
and its importance at the time of modeling a communication system,
under set parameters, aimed to guarantee efficient, avoiding over
Topics to develop:
- Electromagnetic waves in perfect dielectrics.
- Waves on good conductors.
- Waves on good insulators.
- Propagation on open mediums.
Steps, phases of the learning strategy to develop
Step 2 – recognize the electrodynamic and waves applications

The group will have to follow the next steps to accomplish the activity

Step 1: Make an academic research about the topics defined for this

Step 2: Answer the given questions using academic resources.

Step 3: Each member of the group has to select and solve one
problem; if all members don’t select the problem, the group has to
ensure that all problems are solved and delivered in the forum.

Step 4: Solve the practical exercises in group, taking into account that
it is necessary to explain each value and step.

Step 5: Compile the group contributions from the collaborative forum

and ensure the accomplish of the rubric items.

Step 6: Deliver the work in the monitoring and evaluation


Activities to develop

Each student in the group has to answer the following

questions using academic references to support the research:

1. Explain the practical application of the loss tangent with an


2. What kind of information give us the propagation velocity in

electromagnetic waves propagation?

3. Explain how an electromagnetic wave behaves in free space,

perfect dielectrics and good conductors.

4. Using the electromagnetic spectrum, explain the practical

application of every type of radiation.
5. What is the refraction index and what kind of information give us
about the electromagnetic waves behavior?
6. What is a plane wave and a non-plane wave and where are they
used? What is a magnetic and a nonmagnetic medium and
where are they used? Why do we use plane waves to explain
practical models associated to electromagnetic phenomenon?

Choose one of the following problems, solve it and share the

solution in the forum. Perform a critical analysis on the group
members’ contributions and reply this in the forum.

1. A dissipative medium has the following parameters:

𝜀𝑟 = 6, 𝜇𝑟 = 1.25 and 𝜎 = 1.5 𝑆/𝑚
Fin the wavelength and the amount of wavelengths that will
penetrate a 9.6MHz signal.

2. In a medium with the following characteristics, 𝜀𝑟 = 4, 𝜇𝑟 = 1.6 and

𝜎 = 2.3𝑥10−4 𝑆/𝑚 find these parameters for a 90MHz signal:
a. Loss tangent.
b. Propagation constant.
c. Phase velocity.
d. Wavelength.
e. Index of refraction.
Explain the meaning of each found value.

3. An open medium has the following electromagnetic characteristics

𝜀𝑟 = 9, 𝜇𝑟 = 1.6 and 𝜎 = 1.2𝑥10−5 𝑆/𝑚
Find the power transmitted by a 300MHz signal with a maximum
electric field of 200V/m and find the skin depth of the signal.

4. For a medium with the same electromagnetic characteristics than

the third problem, find the losses per length unit for a 500MHz
signal. If the original signal has an electric field of 120Vrms/m.
Find the losses in watts when the signal travels 10m in the

5. For a 2.5GHz signal, traveling in seawater find the attenuation per

length unit. How long does the signal have to travel, in order to
have an attenuation greater than 3dB?
In group solve the following practical exercise

In an excel document make the following actions:

1. In a sheet put the following table, assigning an average
frequency for every type of radiation.
Acronym Meaning Selected
ELF Extra Low Frequency
SLF Super Low Frequency
ULF Ultra Low Frequency
VLF Very Low Frequency
LF Low Frequency
MF Medium Frequency
HF High Frequency
VHF Very High Frequency
UHF Ultra High Frequency
SHF Super High Frequency
EHF Extra High Frequency

In another sheet define 9 different mediums with their electromagnetic

characteristics and let the user to select the medium and automatically
graph the lost tangent for the selected medium.

Collaborative learning environment: In this

environment, there is a forum where the student is
going to share information with his/her fellow
classmates in order to understand the conceptual
bases in Electrodynamic and waves and to solve the
proposed problems.
for the
Monitoring and evaluation environment: In this
environment, the student will have to deliver the
collaborative activity, according to the course agenda.

Practical learning environment: In this

environment, the student will find information to
develop the proposed practical activities.
The student will have to answer the conceptual
questions using academic sources, to solve a chosen
problem and to make a review in the forum about the
delivered problems.

The collaborative group will have to choose the best
analyses about the given concepts and to consolidate
each part of the proposed activity, including the
Products to
practical exercises, where everyone has to participate.
deliver by
The deliver document should contain the following:
- Cover page (It contains the title, authors’
name, course, university and date)
- Introduction (The group will explain the
practical application associate to the unit topics)
- Developed activity (according to the activity
- Conclusions
- References

General guidelines for the collaborative work

Each contribution has to be posted in the forum

associated to this step, one important responsibility is
Planning of
to analyze and to discuss about his/her fellow’s
activities for
Before the three last days of the activity, the final
document has to be consolidated according to the
proposed activity and each student has to analyze it
according to the rubric, looking for deliver an excellent
Roles to
Choose the role to perform within the group. Taking
perform by
into account, that no matter the role that the student
the student
chooses, it’s very important to evidence significant
in the
In this activity, each student in the group will have to
choose a role, but it is important to recognize each of
the following, that will be assumed from the following
step on.

Roles Function
Compiler Consolidate the document, as the final
product from the discussion, taking
into account that it will include the
contributions from all participants and
that it will only include the members
whom participate in the progress of
the work. To inform the one who is in
charge of the alerts in order to inform
to the students whom did not make
the contributions that they are not
Roles and going to be include in the product that
responsibilit will be delivered.
Reviewer Ensure that the document accomplish
y for the
the presentation required rules.
delivery of
Evaluator Ensure that the document contains
products by
the established criteria in the rubric.
students To alert the one who is playing the
reviewer role, to inform the others
members when it is necessary to
make some change.
Deliverer Alert about the time on the delivered
products and to send the document in
the defined time, using the resources
for the delivery and to inform the
other students when the deliver will
be made.
Alert Inform the group members about the
work news and to inform to the
teacher using the forum course and
the internal delivered message service
about the final document deliver.

Use of
Always cite the references using APA style.
Plagiarism Students must be aware of severe sanctions in the
policy case of plagiarism.
In the agreement 029 of December 13, 2013, article
99, are considered as faults that violate the academic
order, among others, the following: literal e)
"Plagiarism, that means, to present as his own
authorship all or Part of a work, work, document or
invention made by another person. It also implies the
use of wrong citations or references, or propose
citations where there is no coincidence between it and
the reference "and liberal f)" Reproducing, or copying
for profit, educational materials or results of research
products, which have Intellectual rights reserved for
the University.

The academic sanctions that the student will face are

the following:
A) In cases of academic fraud demonstrated in
academic work or respective evaluation, the grade
that will be imposed will be zero point zero (0.0)
without prejudice to the corresponding disciplinary
B) In cases related to plagiarism demonstrated in
academic work of any nature, the grade that will be
imposed will be zero point zero (0.0), without
prejudice to the corresponding disciplinary sanction

4. Evaluation rubric

Evaluation rubric

Activity type: Individual Activity ☐ ative ☒
Moment of Unit 1
the Initial ☐ Interme ☒ Final ☐
evaluation diate:
Performance levels of the individual
Assessed activity Score
High score Media score Low score
The student
exposes the
The student does not
analyzes the answer the
given concepts questions
Explain the academic
and explains or the
proposed references,
these using given 15
concepts but there
academic answer
isn’t any
references. doesn’t fit
to the
about these.
(up to 15 (up to 7 (up to 0
points) points) points)
The student The student
solves the does not
The student
chosen problem, solve the
solves the
explaining step problem or
problem but
Solve the by step the there is
there isn’t
chosen procedure and only the 20
analyze in
problem analyzing its answer,
each step.
practical without the
application. procedure.
(up to 20 (up to 10 (up to 0
points) points) points)
The student
The student
limits the
does not
analysis to
The student make any
accept the
analyzes the critical
Analyze the problems solved analysis
exposed by
problems in the group and about the
the group
presented by gives a problems 15
member, but
the group professional solved by
there isn’t a
members concept. each
member of
the group.
about this.
(up to 15 (up to 7 (up to 0
points) points) points)
The student
does not
make any
The student contribution
limits the
participates to solve the
Participate solving or exercise but
n to accept
solving the analyzing the guarantee a
the group 10
practical practical deliver
exercise exercise. according to
(up to 10 (up to 5 (up to 0
points) points) points)
Performance levels of the collaborative
activity Score
High score Media score Low score
the group
have made
The group
The group in the
consolidates a
delivers a forum, the
document work
according to the
without the wasn’t
activities to
Consolidate given consolidate
develop and the
the final structure or d or 20
document the activities delivered in
specifications for
are not the
the document to
complete. Monitoring
(Up to 20 (Up to 10 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
The answers to Although the The
To use
the questions definition information
academic 10
and the analysis and analysis included in
in each activity is are suitable the deliver
supported in to the document
academic proposed is not
resources. activities, all referenced
the resources or it does
are not not come
academic. from
(Up to 10 (Up to 5 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
Despite the
The deliver
document is
The deliver is not well-
document is organized
Present a organized, it
structured and it is
well- isn’t
according to the difficult to 10
structured structured
APA rules. understand
document according to
the given
the APA
(Up to 10 (Up to 5 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
The ideas
The ideas and explanations The ideas
explanations are have and
Use an
clear and grammar explanation
technically mistakes, are not 10
spelling and
structured. changing clear.
their real
(Up to 10 (Up to 5 (Up to 0
points) points) points)
Final score 110