The Student in the University and Introduction to Computer Resources
Francis Scott Key Hall 0120
Thursdays 4-6 pm
Bernard D. Cooperman Stuart Ulrich
(301) 405-4271 (301) 314-0252
This is a 2-credit course intended to introduce first-year history majors to University life and current computer resources. In a small classroom setting, students will explore the world of higher education and current technological advances available to them. Additionally students will explore current resources both internal and external to the University, and how to utilize the World Wide Web as a research tool.
Sept. 4 Introduction.
Guest: Dr. David Sicilia, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of History
Getting Acquainted. Time Management. HUA. How to get more out of this place.
The Peer Mentoring Program Fall Kick-Off
is to-day in
Maryland Room of Marie Mount Hall
Refreshments are free
Sept. 11 Discussion of HUA.
Listening to Theodore Bikel's reading of "Digging the Weens" (from the 1959 LP, Bravo Bikel, Elektra Records EKL 175.
Class exercise: Using a copy of today's Diamondback as your single source, describe life and culture in early 21st-century College Park.
Discussion: do competitive College athletics belong on this campus?
Journal entry: "Who Am I?"
Sept. 18 class was lost to Hurricane Isabel
Journal entry: "First impressions."
Sept. 25 Library Safari. An introduction to McKeldin Library
First-Look Fair. Each student is to bring back some interesting artifact from a booth at the First-Look Fair.
Journal entry: "Who Are You?" (An interview of another student in the class.)
Discussion: do ethnic and religious groups on campus detract from the atmosphere fostering diversity and tolerance?
Oct. 2 Visit to the Health Center.
Semester Project: "UMd's marketing and you."
Handout: Richard Levin: "On Liberal Education" from his The Work of the University (New Haven and London: Yale Univ. Press, 2003), pp. 13-19.
Oct. 9 Mid-Term Exams. Time Management. Note Taking. Extracting Information from Books.
Journal entry: Preliminary report on semester project
Oct. 14. Showing of "Dead Man Walking" at the Hoff.
Oct. 16 4:00-5:00 Guest Lecture: Opportunities for study abroad.
5:00-6:00 Computer Lab
Journal entry: Progress report on semester project
Oct. 23 4:00-5:00 Discussion of First Year Book
5:00-6:00 Computer Lab. Guest Lecture from Jennifer Garcia: Testudo, and registration.
Oct. 29 Debate on the Death Penalty in Maryland, Arts-Sociology Bldg.
Oct. 30 4:00-5:00
5:00-6:00 Computer Lab
Journal entry: a report on your interview of a faculty member.
Nov. 6 First-Year Book
Tour of the National Archives
Nov. 13 Sister Helen speaks at noon
Discussion of First-Year Book in class
Nov. 20 Trip to Georgetown.
Dec. 4 Registration
Journal entry: Final Report on semester project
Dec. 11 Review
Journal entry: Reflections on the course. Parts to be read in class.
Since an important aim of our course is to familiarize you with the resources available at the University, parts of sessions will be devoted to information about, or visits to, the Health Center, the Counseling Center, the Office for Study Abroad, and the Writing Center, If there are other places on campus you want to know about, please let us know.
We would also like to schedule a visit to such resources in the area as the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museum, Monticello, or other spots you may find useful in your research. Please let us know where you want to go.
Each week, one of you will be assigned to prepare a list of interesting events on campus, and in the area. You should post the list on your web page and be prepared to tell your classmates about opportunities for them. You are also encouraged to attend events at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and report back to the class.
As part of your course work, you will be expected to seek out and attend campus activities that will let you get to know some of our many sub-communities. These activities may be religious, cultural, social, academic, or humanitarian. Reports on your experiences belong on your web page.
Participation and Attendance: 25%
First-year Book Project: 20%
Semester Project: 20%
Journal Entries: 10%
Web Page: 15% The grade is based on both design and content.
Extra Assignments: 10%