Pro Dev STEM Syllabus - Fall 2011


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Pro Dev STEM Syllabus - Fall 2011

  1. 1. IDH 4905: Introduction to Honors Professional Development - STEM, section 0243 Fall 2011 Tuesdays, 4th period 119 Hume Hall Melissa L. Johnson 343 Infirmary (352) 392-1519 Walk-in advising hours: Wednesdays, 10am-noon Office hours: by appointment Peer Mentor: Your personal peer mentor will be selected by week 2Course DescriptionThe generic version: In this course, students will work closely with an honors advisor to develop anaction plan for university involvement. Students will learn how to find and apply for scholarships andawards, internships, study abroad programs, research opportunities, and leadership and service projects.Students will get to know the inner-workings of the university and discover available resources andopportunities, all while working with other highly motivated honors students. Students who have takenthis course have successfully participated in many of the opportunities discussed in class.For this class, we will be working towards developing a professional development plan specificallygeared towards students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). While Icannot guarantee that you will get into medical school or land the most competitive engineering positionafter graduation, I have compiled resources and activities that I think will be very useful for making themost out of your undergraduate experience. Developing your personal learning network of helpful people,resources, and opportunities centered around the STEM fields is the ultimate goal of this course.Objectives1. To become familiar with advanced opportunities for involvement, including undergraduate research, internships, and international experiences.2. To begin to apply the knowledge gained in this course into practice.3. To develop skills in writing, oral presentation, use of technology and teamwork.4. To learn practical skills such as writing resumes, interviewing effectively, understanding degree audits and other academic documents, and working with faculty.5. To develop self-reflection skills related to undergraduate involvement at the University of Florida.6. To develop a positive mentoring and working relationship with an honors advisor and honors student leader.7. To facilitate community development at the micro and macro level.Readings & Resources The Checklist Manifesto by Dr. Atul Gawande (not available at the UF Bookstore – purchase online) Additional readings and resources as posted on the class website: Your personal Delicious account – Honors Daily Opportunities List – sent Monday-Friday to your Gatorlink account.
  2. 2. PoliciesAttendanceYou are expected to come to every class regularly, unless extenuating circumstances, such as medicalemergencies, prohibit your attendance. Your active participation in class is imperative. For attendancepurposes, there is no difference between an excused and unexcused absence. Either way, you have missedclass, and the activities and discussions that took place cannot be duplicated. If you have to miss class,please contact one of your classmates to discuss what you have missed. Asking Melissa if you missedanything important will not only cause more gray hairs and forehead wrinkles to develop, but also willnot help your grade.CourseworkRequired readings, class discussions, and group work are all critical parts of the coursework and willcontribute significantly to your grade. For each applicable class, you should be able to demonstrate thatyou have read and reflected on all readings and assignments and be capable of participating in adiscussion with your classmates, the instructors, and invited guests.You are expected to meet all assignment deadlines. Weekly assignments are due on Mondays by noon.All assignments will be uploaded to the course website: You should notifyMelissa about any concerns you have about meeting the established due dates at least 48 hours prior to thedate in question. Penalties will be incurred for late work that is accepted.The University of Florida provides high-quality services to students with disabilities, and we encourageyou to take advantage of them. Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should 1)register with and provide documentation to Disability Resources (392-8565), and 2) bring a letter to theinstructor from Disability Resources indicating that you need academic accommodations.Academic IntegrityStudents are expected to act in accordance with the University of Florida policy on academic integrity.Any evidence of misconduct such as cheating, lying, misrepresentation or plagiarism will be subjected torigorous and swift application of the University’s pertinent policies.The Student Honor Code states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to holdourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.” On all work submitted forcredit, the following pledge is implied, “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aidin doing this assignment.”E-mailStudents are required to have and use their Gatorlink account for all UF related e-mail functions. Officialuniversity communications are sent to students at this e-mail address. Important class announcements andreminders may be e-mailed to your Gatorlink address. It is your responsibility to check your e-mail on aregular basis, so you won’t miss these announcements.
  3. 3. Assignments and GradesHere’s the deal. Grades don’t matter. (LIES!). So yes, grades do matter, but this class is much more aboutlearning new things, taking advantage of opportunities, and enhancing your skills. It is up to you todetermine the amount of work you wish to put into this course.All or nothing grades: For these components, if you do them, you get the full credit.Mentoring Group / Individual Meetings (40 points):You will be meeting with your peer mentor 4 times this semester. Each meeting is worth 10 points. Yourpeer mentor will coordinate a group meeting once in September, October, and November. In addition, youwill meet once with your peer mentor on an individual basis.Service Project Participation (10 points):Every Pro Dev student will participate in one of the two Honors Service Days at the local RonaldMcDonald House: September 10 or October 22 from 8:30am until noon.Flexible grades: For these components, grading is determined based on the quantity and quality of effortyou put forth:Weekly Guides (320 points):Each week you will receive a guide on the course website with resources, readings, and activities tocomplete. Each of the 16 guides is worth 20 points. Do NOT stress if you start out with Satisfactory orSatisfactory Plus grades on assignments. Take the feedback provided in stride and make a concerted effortto continue improving. The cumulative effort (including an increase in quality over time) put forth in theguides will be taken into consideration.Guides will be assessed using the following scale: Not Submitted, Not Satisfactory, Satisfactory,Satisfactory Plus or Outstanding. Not Submitted: Obvious. Corresponds w/ 0 points for the guide. Not Satisfactory: Could include not submitting assignment on time. Very minimal thought put into answering questions. Guide is less than 75% complete. Corresponds with 0 points for the guide. Satisfactory: Minimum grade needed to complete the assignment. Could include not submitting assignment on time. Some superficial answers to questions. Spelling and grammar mistakes. Guide is 75% complete. Corresponds with 15 points for the guide. Satisfactory Plus: Must be submitted on time and 100% complete. This is likely what the majority of students will score on most assignments. Good analysis and reflection, but something may be missing in breadth and depth of answers. May also include minor spelling and grammar mistakes that detract from review. Corresponds with 18 points for the guide. Outstanding: Rarely given. Must be submitted on time and 100% complete, but just doing that does not equal outstanding work. Could include thorough analysis on reflection questions. Demonstrated understanding of resources. Strong connections made between readings and resources and personal experiences. Above and beyond just answering the questions. Corresponds with 20 points for the guide.
  4. 4. Attendance and Participation (30 points):Come to class, on time, don’t leave early, and stay focused on the class discussion or activity to get thesepoints. We have 15 meeting times after drop/add week (which I don’t count for attendance purposes).Because we only meet once a week for 50 minutes, coming to class is imperative, as is staying the entireperiod. But just being there isn’t enough – you need to be an active contributor to class discussions andactivities. Sleeping, texting, not making eye contact, etc. do not equal contributing to the class.Therefore, overall attendance and participation in class will be evaluated as such: Not Submitted: You never came to class. Should not apply to anyone. 0 points. Not Satisfactory: You missed more than 3 classes or you were late / left early several times. You were not focused on the discussion or activity for much of the time. 10 points. Satisfactory: You came to all but 3 classes or you were late / left early once or twice. You stayed focused on the discussion or activity almost all of the time. 20 points. Satisfactory Plus: You came to all but 2 classes or you were late / left early once or twice. You stayed focused on the discussion or activity the entire time. 25 points. Outstanding: You came to every single class, on time, didn’t leave early, and stayed focused on the discussion or activity the entire time. 30 points.Conversion of points (400 total) to grades:93-100% (A); 90-92% (A-); 87-89% (B+); 83-86% (B); 80-82% (B-); 77-79% (C+); 73-76% (C); 70-72%(C-); 67-69% (D+); 63-66% (D); 60-62% (D-); Below 59% (E)Course Schedule - TentativeDate Topic8/23 Introductions, Course Overview8/30 Preparing for the Challenge9/6 Resume Preparation9/13 Interview Preparation9/20 Internships9/27 Gawande & the Checklists10/4 Check-in10/11 Research with Faculty10/18 Preparing for Spring Registration10/25 Gawande & the Checklists11/1 Going Global11/8 Scholarship Competitions11/15 Mentoring / Personal Learning Networks11/22 Open Topic11/29 Gawande & the Checklists12/6 Closing