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Survival and Success Skills for Engineering Freshmen

Fall 2007

University of Arizona

Instructor: Dr. Paul Blowers           Office Hours: by appointment

128 Harshbarger                              blowers@engr.arizona.edu

Lecture: 5 pm - 5:50 pm ARCH 103

Course Description:

This course will introduce you some of the skills that will make it easier for you to be successful as a student and an engineer, both here at the University and after you graduate.  We will discuss and implement different strategies of becoming efficient learners so you can get good grades while maintaining a healthy life balance.  We will also talk about ways of becoming involved in undergraduate research projects, internships, and volunteer positions so that you will be able to find a satisfying job when you graduate.

Text: None.

Course Policy: Homework and written assignments (70 % of grade)

Homework is due at the beginning of the class on the day it is due.

Late homework will not be accepted.

Final exam: (30 % of grade). Final due on 12-7 at 5 pm by email to the instructor at blowers@engr.arizona.edu

Class Schedule: (click here for a pdf format syllabus)

DateTopics HW 
8/20Selling Yourself on Paper: How to Create a Resume yes
8/27 Resumes Revisited no
9/3 Labor Day - No Class no
9/10Campus and Tucson - What's Here? yes
9/17What is your Learning Style? yes
9/24Time Management Skills no
10/1Maximizing Success: How to Take Engineering Exams to Maximize Your Grade yes
10/8 No Class - Professor should be New Father this Week no
10/15Teamwork Projects: Group Leader or Group Packmule yes

What Good is an Internship Anyway?

10/29 Question Day - Bring all your Unanswered Questions! no
11/5 Are There Only Books in the Library? no
11/12 Are there Only Books in the Library? no
11/19Study Strategies to Try when Nothing Seems to be Working yes
11/26 Resources on Campus you Don't know how to Use (but will make it easier for you to succeed). no
12/3Last Class - Course evaluations and goodbye for now no
12/7Take Home Final Due by email by 5 pm. no

2007 Arizona Board of Regents for The University of Arizona