UC 107 - Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program Seminar
Section: 001
Term: FA 2008
Subject: University Courses (UC)
Department: LSA UG: Curriculum Support
Advisory Prerequisites:
Membership in the WISE RP.
Mandatory credit/no credit.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces first-year students in the WISE Residence Program to the many fields of study available in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It also teaches the building blocks for developing critical thinking skills. Classes consist of short lectures and classroom activities, with short writing assignments, small group work, and a final paper. Enrollment is restricted to students admitted to the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program.

The Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program Seminar is a required one-credit course for all first-year students enrolled in the WISE RP. Through a combination of short lectures and classroom activities with U of M faculty members from a wide range of fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, this course will expose students to the intellectual life at the University of Michigan and what it means to pursue a liberal arts education. Faculty will share their current research with students as well as their career paths and professional development. In addition, students will learn the building blocks for critical thinking skills through reading assignments and classroom activities. Students will also learn how to read professional journal articles, formulate questions, and how to evaluate arguments and evidence. There will also be small group activities that focus on team work and the oral communication skills necessary to be successful in the classroom, research lab, and work place. Assignments will include selected articles from academic publications, bi-weekly journal assignments, short papers and small group activities. There will be a final paper based on an interview with a UM faculty member in their proposed area of study. There will be a course pack with several articles from academic journals as well as selected chapters from the book, How to Think about Weird Things: Critical Thinking for a New Age, Theodore Schick, Jr. and Lewis Vaughn, 4th edition, McGraw Hill, 2005.

Course Objectives

  1. Expose students to the wide range of fields available for study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  2. Introduce students to select UM faculty and their research topics as well as their career paths.
  3. Provide an opportunity for WISE RP students to learn together as a community and build individual and group relationships.
  4. Learn important tools for success in the classroom, research lab, and workplace: critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, and small group processes and team work.
  5. Teach students how to read and evaluate professional journal articles.
  6. Expose students to what it means to obtain a liberal arts education.

Intended Audience: First-year students in the WISE RP.

Hours/Format: Bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 pm in lecture format.

Course Requirements: Six journal entries (2 pages each), small group project, and a final project (faculty interview and paper). Attendance and active classroom participation are required. See syllabus for details.

Course and Classroom Expectations
This is a one-credit course with required attendance, readings, and written assignments. You are expected to come to each class prepared to engage with the speaker and the classroom discussion. Faculty who come to our class are not paid to come and speak to us – they do this on their own time. Students are expected to treat our speakers with respect as well as to respect other students’ opinions. This class period is not a time to study or work on homework. We have a no laptop, cell phone, PDA policy that will be enforced. Attendance at each class is mandatory. If for some reason you know that you will be unable to attend, you must notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance. Having more than one unexcused absence will lower your grade and missing two or more will jeopardize passing the class.

Assigned Readings: Some readings that pertain to the upcoming featured speaker may be assigned prior to class; others will be assigned immediately following class. The readings will be posted on CTools.

Class Participation: Students are expected to actively participate in each class. This may involve active listening or asking questions.

Written Assignments: All assignments will be posted on CTools and submitted on CTools. NO LATE ASSGINMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. This means that you must become familiar with CTools in advance and not submit assignments at the last minute – which inevitably results in problems for the student.

UC 107 - Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Tu 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Note: Choose EITHER section 001 OR 002. Both begin SEPTEMBER 2, and then meet separately on ALTERNATE THURSDAYS.
002 (LEC)
Tu 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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