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ME 288 Mechanical Engineering Cooperative Education Seminar

Catalog Description

ME 288, Cooperative Education Seminar (0). Discussion of the policies and procedures for cooperative education, instruction in self-directed job search techniques, including behavioral interviewing, work-related competencies, resume preparation, preparation of the co-op report, and the changing nature of work. This is a prerequisite for the first cooperative education term.

Prerequisites

Admission to the M.E. Department and in good academic standing within Speed School. Transfer students must have completed at least one semester of full-time coursework in Speed School before enrolling in the co-op seminar.

Textbook

J.B. Speed School of Engineering Cooperative Education Manual, available on-line.

Course Learning Outcomes

As part of this seminar series, students will experience a self-directed job search, assess engineering as a career choice relative to individual skills and interests, develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and gain insight into the changing nature of work, organizational work climate, and culture.

Topics Covered

  1. Policies and procedures for cooperative education.
  2. Job search techniques.
  3. Employer expectations and workplace adaptation.
  4. Behavior interviewing and work-related competencies.
  5. Cooperative education report requirements.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

One 110 minute session weekly for 15 weeks.

Relationship to Program Outcomes

This course supports Mechanical Engineering Department B.Sc. program objectives by developing:

  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of mechanical engineering.

Prepared by G. Prater, June 2009

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