Mariappan Jawaharlal (Jawa), Ph.D.

Engineering, Society and You

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Meeting Times and Office Hours

Landis, R.B., “ Studying Engineering: A Road Map to a Rewarding Career”, 3 rd Ed., Discovery Press, 2007
Paul, D., Niewoehner, R., Elder, L., “ The Thinker's Guide to Engineering Reasoning ”, The Foundation for Critical Thinking, 2006


Grading Policies - Approximate Course Grading :
Attendance –  10%
Journal – 10%
Homework – 25%
Project – 10%
Business Plan –  10%
Grade on the three exams (Multiple Choice Questions) to be given during the course – 20%
Grade on term papers – 15%

Approximate Grading Scale:









General Information
Journal - Please purchase a spiral notebook that will be used to document
1. All notes taken in class
2.   All course assignments
3.   All your preparatory and research work for an assignment
4.   Questions, issues, or perspectives you gained from the reading and would like to raise in class
5.   Your opinion of each section of the text

Based on the reading, you should develop at least three questions, issues, or perspectives you would like to raise in class. These should be documented in your Journal.

Term Paper  You are required to write a 500-750 word two term-papers.

Project You are required to do a project (How does it work?).

Final Exam  There will be no final exam. Final journals and term papers must be turned in no later than the time of the scheduled final exam

Class Participation 

Display Professionalism. Professionalism means

  • You come to the class before the instructor. Latecomers should stay out of the class.
  • You don't eat in the class.
  • You don't start packing up before the end of the class.
  • You don't do other work during the class.
  • You don't ask for hw extension or makeup quiz.
  • You don't whine.

Your cell phones and other electronic devices such as iPods should be off and put away. Each time your cell phone rings in the class, you will lose a quiz grade.
Must have a valid Cal Poly Pomona email id and check emails regularly. Must know how to access Blackboard You must be able use programs such as a word processor and spreadsheet programs. If you don't have access these programs, contact me in the first week of the class for a computer account.
Late assignments will not be accepted. Please do not ask me for extension.
Sloppy work will not be graded.
No makeup quizzes will be given.
Any form of cheating, plagiarism, and/or academic dishonesty will result in an "F" grade.

Recommended Reading
Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Free Press
Dale Carnegie, How to Make Friends and Influence People, Pocket Books
Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, Aventine Press
David Schwartz, Magic of Thinking Big, Fireside Press
Shad Helmstetter, What to Say When You Talk to Yourself?, Pocket Books
Hyrum Smith, The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time Management and Life Management, Warner Books
David Kaplan, Silicon Boys and Their Valley of Dreams , Tandem Library
Jared Diamond, Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, Norton & Company
Peter Lynch, Learn to Earn, Fireside book
Biographies of entrepreneurs, leading personalities and scientists 





Book chapters


9/24 – 9/26

Introduction, getting to know each other
Community building, personal mission statement, goal setting

1, 7 and 2


10/1 – 10/3

Personal Growth & Development
Personality test, interest inventory, skills profiler and values assessment


Online assignment


10/8 – 10/10

Fields of Engineering, review of each field
Team Selection, Engineering design process



10/15 – 10/17

Learning Process
How to learn, note taking, assimilation of material
Quiz on chapter #1 and #2
Journal review

3, 4 and 5


10/22 – 10/24

Orientation to University & College of Engineering
Team Building
Campus Resources

4, 5 and 6


10/29 – 10/31

Project Identification & Planning
Study Habits
Test taking, handling stress

4 and 5


11/5 – 11/7

Orientation to Engineering Education
Develop personal academic program
Academic load vs. work load
Grad school vs. entering the field
Quiz on chapter #3 and #4
Journal review



11/12 – 11/14

Engineer as Professional
Code of Engineering

2 and 8


11/19 – 11/21

Impact of Engineers on Society
Analysis of Examples

2 and 8


11/26 – 11/2

Student Team Presentations
Quiz on chapter #5 and #6



Final Exam Day

December 5, 2007 - 11:30AM – 1:30PM

Turn in journals and term paper



Grades Posted



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