PHY120: Introduction to LabView (Section 201, CRN 3835)

Semester and Year: Spring 2009

Location and Time: S100 / MW 2:00-3:15 PM.

Required Textbook: LabView for Everyone 3rd edition, by Travis and King, (Prentice-Hall, 2006. ISBN 0-13-185672-3)

Computer Requirements: Marshall University student computer account providing access to personal computers in designated MU computer laboratories. Students will also need to visit our associated MU-Online PHY120 ( in order to keep abreast of reading assignments and announcements.

Instructor: †††† Name: Thomas E. Wilson, Ph.D.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Office: Science 153

††††††††††††††††††††††† Office Hours: M/W//F 3:30-4:30 P.M.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Phone/Email: 696-2752 /

Course Philosophy:†† To experience the excitement of building a wide variety of experimental data acquisition and analysis virtual instrument simulations for scientific and industrial instrumentation control.

Course Description; Credits; Prerequisites: This course provides the science and engineering student with an introduction to LabView (National Instruments) 3 hours credit/No pre-requisites. The exercises will be conducted at workstations in S100. We will plan to cover approximately one chapter per week. There will be few if any lectures in the traditional sense as this is a laboratory type of class.

Desired Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Develop a technical competency in LabView.

Evaluation/Measurement/Assessment of Learner Outcomes: Your understanding and technical mastery will be assessed by examinations, some of which may be ‘take home’ projects for which skillful virtual instruments must be constructed to accomplish the objective.

Grading Policy: The final grade will be based upon the student scores from the following components. The contribution to the overall grade from each component is shown as a percentage in the rightmost column. On occasion, the instructor will apply a scale to the various assessments listed below (usually done once at the end of the semester) to improve the raw scores. When this is done, raw scores will only be scaled higher. Exams may in some cases be take-home.†††

Grade Component

Percentage Contribution


Exam I


S100 Monday – February 16

Exam II


S100 Monday – March 16

Exam II


S100 Monday – April 6

Classroom Participation


S100 MW 2:00-3:15 PM

Final (comprehensive)


S100 Monday – May 4 12:45-2:45 PM 


Total Percentage












Policy Statement: Deadlines for any take-home exams will not be extended and in general, makeup examinations will not be given, although, at the discretion of the instructor, emergency situations will warrant special consideration. Classroom participation is encouraged in order to make the learning experience more engaging and enjoyable. Please see me as soon as possible if you feel you are experiencing any undue difficulties.

Attendance Policy:††† Students should arrive to class on time with one’s text. Excused absences will be accepted in general, provided one presents a note signed by the Dean of Student Affairs, a physician/nurse, or a parent.

Academic Dishonesty: Sanctions for any act of academics dishonesty, as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog, will in general result in a failing grade and exclusion from any further participation in the class.

Course Outline: Due to flexibility in the semester schedule, there is no posted schedule of reading or problem assignments given here. Rather, these will be posted and updated on the PHY120 MU-Online course site. We will cover approximately one chapter per week. Again, please make it is your responsibility to visit PHY120 at MU-Online on a regular basis to stay informed of posted assignments.

Policy for Students with Disabilities: Marshall University is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students, including those with physical, learning and psychological disabilities.  University policy states that it is the responsibility of students with disabilities to contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS) in Prichard Hall 117, phone 304 696-2271 to provide documentation of their disability.  Following this, the DSS Coordinator will send a letter to each of the studentís instructors outlining the academic accommodation he/she will need to ensure equality in classroom experiences, outside assignment, testing and grading.  The instructor and student will meet to discuss how the accommodation(s) requested will be provided.  For more information, please visit or contact Disabled Student Services Office at Prichard Hall 11, phone 304-696-2271.