Teaching

  • Symon is an experienced engineering educator. He has served as a teaching fellow and assistant as well as a guest lecturer at Queen's University and The Royal Military College of Canada. Currently he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Queen's University. Subject areas as follows: Engineering Communication and Design, Circuit Analysis, Electronics, Electromagnetics, Avionics, and Computer Programming.
  • Symon has also assisted in the development of new design projects, laboratory experiments, tests and examinations, lecture materials, and, assignments for undergraduate and graduate curriculums.


Course Instruction       Course Coordination        Guest Lecturer       

Laboratory  Organization          Seminar Leader        Design Project Supervisor    

Private Tutoring 


Course Instruction


Fall 2013 & 2011, ELEC 381 - Applications of Electromagnetics, Queen’s University

Course: An examination of the applications of electromagnetics. The course begins with a brief review of Maxwell's Equations and proceeds to apply this set of rules to different practical scenarios: analysis of plane waves, reflection and transmission, wave polarization, optical fibers, metallic waveguides and transmission lines, resonant cavities, antennas, arrays, and system noise. Concepts are then developed further to practical systems such as radar, satellite communication systems, optical fiber links, submarine communications, and electronic beam steering using arrays.

Activities Included: Deliver lectures and tutorials infused with YouTube videos and self-developed web apps. Compare and explain new electromagnetic concepts with recent industry experiences and other practical examples. Prepare new assignments, tests, solutions, and final exam. Develop and maintain Moodle website.


Winter 2014 & 2013, ELEC 252 - Introduction to Electronics, Queen’s University

Course: An introduction to semiconductor electronics. The course examines operational amplifiers, DC and small signal models for diodes, principles of bipolar and field effect transistors, and analysis of electronic circuits. Concepts are further developed for device applications such as power supplies, amplifiers, and digital logic circuits.

Activities Included: Prepare new lecture material complemented by YouTube videos and animations. Make use of recent industry experiences to illustrate applications of electronics and devices. Facilitate guest speaker from CMC Microsystems; direct teaching assistants, develop and maintain Moodle website for students.


Fall 2013, APSC 200 – Engineering Design & Practice, Queen’s University

Course: A second year design course that focuses on professional engineering skills and effective communications. Students participate constructively in teams and use standard design methods and tools to solve complex, open-ended problems.

Activities Included: Deliver lectures and labs. Prepare a new robotics-based design project using Arduino kits for land mine detection and elimination while also facilitating software and hardware-based laboratory exercises for the students. Invited and facilitated guest speaker from Mines Action Canada.

Design Project Examples: Robot Demo 1 of 2Robot Demo 2 of 2  (Fall 2014)


Winter 2010, ELEC 280 - Fundamentals of Electromagnetics, Queen’s University

Course: An introduction to electromagnetic wave phenomena. Transmission lines, time and frequency domain analysis, and wave propagation. Static field theory: Capacitance, electric potential and current. Magnetostatics. Vector calculus, coordinate systems and transformations. Maxwell’s equations and boundary conditions. The Smith Chart, matching networks, and application to RF circuits.  

Activities Included: Prepare new lecture material, assignments, tests, solutions, and final exam. Marking and grade tabulation. Develop and maintain WebCT course website. Prepare supplemental tests and exams for students.


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Representative Student Testimonials and Commentary:


"Professor Symon has been the most helpful professor I've yet to have in my undergraduate careers. The lecture slides are extremely helpful yet concise. And he actually keeps the students in the loop with his emails. I'd prefer if other profs also tried that hard to make sure we understood the course and did well. Thanks for a great term!"



"Dear professor,

You are the most responsible lecturer I have met this semester and it is really very nice to know you. You sacrificed lots of personal hours to help us which is very appreciated. And your problem sets and tutorials are also very helpful in understanding some concepts.

Hope to see you tomorrow at extra help session for the exam and could we take photo together? Thank you~

Best regards,"


 

"Hi Symon,

 

Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was taking ELEC 381 this year, it was a tough course for me but I think I learned a lot and the final went well. Thanks for taking the time to accommodate me so often with the one-on-one tutoring sessions after office hours.

 

Hope you have a relaxing break!"



"Symon, I wanted to take the time to thank you for a great course - ELEC 381.  I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all of the concepts and devices we covered.  Well done."





“great job, keep it up! Love your enthusiasm for the subject.”


“Thanks for a great semester, you should teach Electronics II next year!

“You cared about whether we understood the material.”

 

            “I really like your constant concern for the class”

“Interesting material, enjoy the class.”



“The instructor is very receptive to student needs and was able to clarify difficult concepts as needed.”

"The course is starting to get very interesting! Diodes are really cool and fun!!!"


“Lectures are good. You cover all the basics and theory for those that are interested which is good. Problem sets provide a lot of practice. Overall, no complaints. Keep up the good work!”

“Classroom lectures and notes were great. Workload was good.”

“I like that the test questions were not cut and paste”

“Optional homework problems are good


“Aid sheets were great, tests were fair.”

“The presented concepts were made understood better by the online computer examples (simulations). More examples would help.”

“I liked the Transmission Lines (T.L.) studied in this course. More T.Ls. !!!”

 

“In this course I liked the real life application examples, as well as the prep for the real world.”

 

“I really liked your first & last lectures.”

"The organization of notes/lectures online is good. Tests seem fair and well balanced up to this point."


"Your teaching has already improved a lot when you asked us to give feedback, which was a good idea, by the way."

“Great use of Moodle + email, useful and interesting material”


"You are doing a great job at teaching the course."


"Examples in lecture are very effective."


“I liked the online notes, review/tutorial days for tests, and your availability after class for help.”

"Overall the course is going fairly well. I like the availability and organization of everything online."


"The amount of notes & problems available and how they are organized on Moodle is great!"

 


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Helpful Comments and Constructive Criticisms:

"The course is going well, I like how you are forcing us to learn the material."


"Spend more time in lectures to explain little details in concepts and explain how to approach problems (methodology)"

“While the YouTube videos and animations are interesting, spending those times solving more problems would be helpful especially for test preparation and problem set completion.”

“The tests were too long and hard.”


"I find that I am confused at how to approach the problem set questions. It could be great if we could do more diverse/trickier questions in class."

“I really enjoy the practical applications and examples that are presented in class. Please keep that up. If you could post the tutorial problems beforehand that would be helpful.

“More example problems would be helpful.”

“Don't be afraid to go a little slower during the lectures.”

“The self fill in lecture slides (partially complete) are a good idea, but please keep it to a minimum. We can think or write, but not both very well.

“I feel like there is too much information given in the lectures. Maybe a summary slide at the end of each lecture to highlight key equations or concepts for that lecture/topic.”

“The examples provided in class would have been more useful if you would have shown how to solve them more.”


"I would benefit from an explanation of the function of the different circuits before circuit analysis."

“I find the textbook very basic for the difficulty level of the course, other than that I am really enjoying the course.”


"Just do more examples during lectures."

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Studio Seminar Leader


Fall / Winter 2011 - 2013, APSC 200 – Engineering Design & Practice, Queen’s University

Course: A second year design course that focuses on professional engineering skills and effective communications. Students participate constructively in teams and use standard design methods and tools to solve complex, open-ended problems.

Responsibilities: Prepare seminars on engineering practices and technical writing to direct and assist student groups with their design projects.


Fall 2011, APSC 100 – Engineering Practice, Queen’s University

Course: A first year course to develop the professional skills used by engineers in practice, with a focus on MATLAB programming and its engineering applications.

Responsibilities: Direct MATLAB programming seminars and deliver lectures.


Winter 2011, APSC 100 – Engineering Practice, Queen’s University

Course: A first year course to develop the professional skills used by engineers in practice. Focus is on design and creativity, project and information management, teamwork, communications, and technical writing.

Responsibilities: Direct seminars and deliver lectures on effective technical communication, proposals, formal report writing, and oral presentation skills. Marking.


Student Testimonials and Commentary:

“Super duper awesome TA, would make a phenomenal professor.”

"You are the best part of the studios/tutorials; I find them more useful than the lectures."

"Simon is an excellent TA for this course."

"Great interactions with groups."

“Talking about real world experiences made things more interesting!”

"Seems like you know your stuff."


"Very helpful at answering the questions I had. You also take time to go to each group and chat about the projects."

“Nice Guy and Great TA!”


"I found the advice and suggestions you gave us very helpful and I think you worked really hard to be fair."

“Presentation of material is very practical in its approach and the information is really quite useful.”


“Nice work."

“Your teaching methods were great and effective.”


“Symon is awesome!"

“You did a great job of trying to make the course material interesting.”

"Symon is very helpful! I am learning a lot from him!"

Helpful Comments and Constructive Criticisms:

“Slides tend to be very text heavy.” 


I think the curriculum is simply to difficult, but the teaching could probably not be better.

“Not Enough important material being covered. Some seemed juvenile.”


“Course very frustrating, but TA is pretty good.”


“Your teaching method is not necessarily bad, however, the material in these workshops was extraordinarily boring, and so it was difficult to pay attention and learn effectively.”


“Really good teaching but a little slow.”

Lectures were a little slow-paced.”



“Its worthwhile coming to the workshop.

I find that topics written on paper when the overhead camera is on really helpful for understanding what we are actually doing in MATLAB.


Some of these rankings are based on my understanding that in University, one must begin to learn how to educate themselves. Given this I can't think of much that could be improved.

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Course Coordination

Fall 2008, EEE 203 – Introduction to Electric Circuits (RMC)

Course: A second year course for electrical and computer engineering students. Deals with the behavior of circuits in the time and frequency domains built from basic linear elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors, ideal operational amplifiers, dependent and independent voltage and current sources). Three-phase systems, introduction to AC-DC machines, induction motors.

Responsibilities: Prepare assignments, develop new tests, final exam, and solutions. Marking and grade tabulation. Prepare new laboratories and handouts. Supervise laboratory sessions. Develop and maintain course website. Provide supplemental tests and exams for students.

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Laboratory Instructor and Coordinator

Winter 2010, EEE 381 – Aerospace Systems and Avionics (RMC)

Course:  Third year undergraduate course for mechanical and aerospace engineering students. Introduction to electromagnetic wave concepts, radar systems and communications, radar cross section, polarization, antenna and arrays, electromagnetic compatibility and interference.

Responsibilities: Develop new laboratory exercises. Laboratory supervision. Topics included: antennas and arrays, radar cross section, microwave circuits, electromagnetic compatibility and interference.

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Guest Lecturer

Fall 2007 / 2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011, EEE 543 – Introduction to Radar (RMC)

Course: A graduate level course to review electromagnetic wave concepts, antenna and arrays, the radar equation, numerical techniques, radar cross section, and computer aided analysis and design.

Responsibilities: Conduct graduate level lectures, tutorials, and laboratories. Topics included: antennas and arrays, standard and hybrid numerical techniques, simulation tools, and radar cross section.

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Design Project and Thesis Adviser


 Student Testimonial and Feedback:

"Hey Symon, Thanks again for all the help with the project.  I'm sure I speak for everyone in the group when I say it was great working with you, and that we all learned a great deal from your experience.  All the best, - - - - - "

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