First Year Seminar
UCO 1200 Section 185 - Math and Science Problem Solving

Professor: Dr. Rahman Tashakkori, e-mail:  rt@cs.appstate.edu.
Web Page: http://www.cs.appstate.edu/~rt/

Office: CAP 121, Office Phone: 262-7009
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-12:00 am, and T 9:00-11:00 am
Class Time/Location: MWF 9:00-9:50am/CAP 337
Final Exam: Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Students with Disabilities
Students who wish to receive accommodations are encouraged to refer to This page.

Prerequisite
ASU Freshmen Majoring in Math or Science

Text-book
None - Handouts and Articles will be provided by the instructor
Reference Book: Problem Solving & Comprehension, Arthur Whimbey & Jack Lochhead

Objective of the Course
Students will work in small groups to solve a wide variety of problems from math and science. They will use and modify as needed a step-by- step approach to problem solving, starting with information gathering and ending with putting together a solution for formal presentation, both orally and in writing. A wide variety of problem solving strategies will be introduced. Students will need to think creatively and critically. They will need to communicate with their team members and be able to resolve conflicts when they arise. When difficulties are encountered in finding a solution, students will learn to rethink their assumptions and try alternative approaches.

Course Goals
The First Year Seminars are designed to teach students a certain set of skills, decided on by a committee of staff, faculty, and administrative personnel. Here are those goals:
Common Expectations
The First-Year Seminar Committee produced this list of common expectations for First Year Seminars:
Tentative Course Outline

In addition, we will have tours of different research labs in the College of Arts and Sciences so we can learn about the opportunities on campus. Also, we will have a problem solving outdoor activity with the Outdoor Program.

Course Project
There will be several problem solving projects. Two of these projects will be completed in pairs.

Class Attendance
Students are required to attend ALL classes. Each unexcused absence will result in a reduction of 3 points from the semester grade. In addition, all students are required to attend the Convocation and at least one discussion session on Summer Reading Book.

Grading policy
The following grading scale will used in this course: *Unless indicated by the instructor, all assignments and class work must be completed individually. Please read the ASU Academic Integrity Policy for more information on how the potential violations are treated.
** These components may include presenations of the projects as well.

Grading Scale
No incomplete grade (I) will be given in this course.


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