COURSE SYLLABUS

 

                     PSU 8  Section 4 – Fall 2013

 

Instructor: K. Dudeck

   Office : L-104

   Hours  : Posted Outside Office.   (additional hours by appointment)

   Phone  : 450-3085             Email : ked2@psu.edu

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

First-Year Seminar University College (1) - Facilitate student's adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life. This special section will also provide information about different engineering majors, issues specific to the engineering discipline.

 

TEXT:  No required text book.

   

 

GRADING POLICY:

Assignments                                                    50 pts

Quizzes                                                           50 pts

Class attendance                                             30 pts

Participation                                                   10 pts   

                                                   

            93 – 100%       A

            90 - 92%          A-

            87 - 89%          B+

            83 - 86%          B

            80 - 82%          B-

            77 - 79%          C+

            70 - 76%          C

            60 - 69%          D

            < 60%              F

 

 

ATTENDANCE:

Attendance is expected and will impact the final grade. 33% of the final grade is based attendance and participation. Students unable to attend class due to illness or exceptional circumstances should contact the instructor.  Students who are absent, late, or leave class early are responsible for information covered and announcements made during their absence. 

 

HOMEWORK POLICIES:

Assignments must be turned in on the assigned due date in order to receive full credit.  Late assignments will have 5% deducted from the grade for each day past the due date that it is late. Being absent on the day the assignment is due does not constitute a valid excuse for not turning in the assignment on that day, unless previous permission has been attained from your instructor.  Many of the Assignments are turned in via “ANGEL”.

 

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:

All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts.  An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.

 

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.

 

Students charged with a breach of academic integrity will receive due process and, if the charge is found valid, academic sanctions may range, depending on the severity of the offense, from F for the assignment to F for the course.  

 

The University's statement on academic integrity, from which the above statement is drawn, is available at http://www.psu.edu/dept/oue/aappm/G-9.html

 

CANCELLATION OF CLASSES:

In the event that the instructor needs to cancel a class session, a note will be sent to each student via ANGEL and a notice will be placed on the Electronic Bulletin Board system.  If class is canceled for any reason, students will need to check the ANGEL course system for any assignments or readings.

 

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you have emergency medical information to share with me, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF CLASS TOPICS

WEEK 0

(Aug 24)

·         Pride Meeting

·         Warm Up Exercises           (P)

·         The Laws of Learning

·         Syllabus Review

Assignments

·         Interview Selected Student from class list. (P)

 

WEEK 1

(Aug 27)

 

·         Course introduction     - ROOM K-118

·         “Getting to Know You” 

·         Angel Demonstration

Assignments

·         Go onto Angel and explore this course’s Page.

·         Complete both surveys.  On line (10pts)

WEEK 2

(Sept 3)

·         Guidance Issues      -ROOM K-118

·         Science, Engineering and Technology

 

 

 

WEEK 3

(Sept 10)

·         eConnect    - ROOM G-101

 

WEEK 4

(Sept 17)

·         Time Management     -ROOM K-118

·         QUIZ 1

 

Assignments

·         Plot your weekly time schedule for this semester.  (10pts)

WEEK 5

(Sept 24)

·         WORKSHOP –  ROOM K-1

“How to Work Effectively in Groups”

 

 

WEEK 6

(Oct 1)

·         FYE SPEAKER SERIES – SLUSSER BLDG

“Counseling Services”

 

 

WEEK 7

(Oct 8)

·         WORKSHOP –  ROOM K-1

     “Career Services”

 

WEEK 8

(Oct 16)

Note this is a Wednesday Class!!!!!!!

·         FYE SPEAKER SERIES – SLUSSER BLDG

“Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy”

 

 

WEEK 9

(Oct 22)

·         Library Resources (Location TBA)

·         Or Alternate Topic

 

Assignments

·         Library Handout  (10pts)

·         Or Alternate Assignment

WEEK 10

(Oct 29)

·         Spring Semester Registration   -ROOM K-118

·         Critical Thinking

Assignments

·         Explore Web and put together registration for Spring. Fill out the registration work sheet.  (10pts)

WEEK 11

(Nov 5)

·         WORKSHOP –  ROOM K-1

“Navigating Elion”

 

 

 

WEEK 12

(Nov 12)

·         Film                        -ROOM K-118

       “From Earth to the Moon”

 

Assignments.

·         Space Program Assignment

       On line Assignment    (10pts)

WEEK 13

(Nov 19)

·         The Design Process      -ROOM K-118

·         Accuracy and Precision

Assignments

Bring in class design document to next class.

WEEK 14

(Dec 3)

·         Open Topics        -ROOM K-118

·         In Class Design

 

WEEK 15

(Dec 10)

·         Wrap Up             -ROOM K-118

·         QUIZ 2  (25pts)

·         FYE Survey

Assignments

·         Good Luck on Finals!