CSCE 481: Seminar
Course Homepage
Fall 2009

Class Meeting:
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 9:35-10:50am, 124 HRBB

Course homepage: http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/tlw/Courses/481/481.html

Instructor: Tiffani L. Williams
office: 328C Harvey R. Bright Bldg
email: tlw [at] cse.tamu.edu
url: http://faculty.cse.tamu.edu/tlw
office phone: 979-845-7977


Course Goals: The purpose of the course is to provide you with career planning resources and to expose you to a broad range of current topics in computer science and computer engineering that will be helpful to you in your careers.

Course Content and Schedule: This course consists of seminars which will be presented on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during the semester. There will be a total of about 15 seminars during the semester. You are responsible for checking the seminar schedule on the course homepage and your email (announcements will be sent to the mailing list for the course) for up to date information. Be sure to check each monday and wednesday evening as sometimes seminars will be announced/cancelled at the last moment.

Generally, after the speaker(s) is finished, there will be a question and answer period where the audience can ask any questions they might have that were not answered during the seminar. This is often quite interesting and is considered part of the seminar. If the speaker is not finished, or if the question and answer period is ongoing, you are expected to stay until the end, or until 10:50am, whichever comes first. If you are in the seminar, you are expected to pay attention and refrain from activities such as doing other work, reading the newspaper, or sleeping. Behavior such as this gives speakers a bad impression of our program and students. Students noticed exhibiting such behavior will not receive credit for attending that seminar.

Mechanics and Grading: To receive credit for this course you must satisfy all of the following requirements:

Resources


Spring 2009 Course Schedule

Date Topic/Assignment Speakers What to turn in
Tue Sept 01 Information Session and Preliminary Course Survey     Tiffani L. Williams Complete and turn in student information form
Thur Sept 03Overview of TAMU Career Center and Building your Resume from the Ground Up   David McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 8 Interesting Statistics Regarding CS and CE Majors and How to Work a Career Fair
David McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thur Sept10Interview Skills I: On campus and phone interviewsDavid McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Mon
Sept 14
RESUME ASSIGNMENT: prepare an up to date version of your resume suitable for use at the SEC Engineering Career Fair, September 15-16, 2009. Turn in a hardcopy of your resume by the deadline in the instructors mailbox on the 3rd floor of Bright or slip it under her office door (328C HRBB).
Tue Sept 15NO CLASS SO YOU CAN ATTEND CAREER FAIR

CAREER FAIR ASSIGNMENT: Attend the SEC Engineering Career Fair, Sept 15-16, 2009. (Class will not meet Tue Sept 15 to ensure you have time to attend the Career Fair.)
Report Due: beginning of class, Tues Sept 22

Submit a report in hardcopy at the beginning of class on Tue Sept 22 describing your experiences at the Career Fair. What did you do to prepare in advance? What booths did you visit? What do you think you did right? What do you think you could do better? Your report should be a well structured essay describing your experiences. It should be a minimun of 1 page single-spaced (or 2 pages double-spaced) with 11 point font and 1 inch margins.
Thurs
Sept 17
Panel:  DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS IN A SINGLE COMPANYMicrosoftComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 22Interviewing Skills II: The Company VisitDavid McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thur Sept 24Salary NegotiationDavid McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Sept 29How to Work for a Baby BoomerDavid McMahon, Texas A&M Career CenterComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue
Oct 6
Why go to Graduate School?Tiffani L. WilliamsComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thurs
Oct 8
Panel: DIFFERNT CAREER PATHS IN A SINGLE COMPANYImproving Enterprises Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thurs
Oct 15
Panel: DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS IN A SINGLE COMPANYSchlumbergerComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue
Oct 20
Graduate Student PanelJoshua Johnston, Suzanne Matthews, Charles LivelyComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thur
Oct 22
Panel: DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS IN A SINGLE COMPANYRaytheonComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue
Oct 27
Panel: DIFFERENT CAREER PATHS IN A SINGLE COMPANYExxon MobilComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Thur
Oct 29
Panel: DIFFERENT TYPES OF COMPANIESRandy Harvey (Seismic Micro-Technology),
Mike Granberry (IBM)
Complete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)
Tue Nov 3Funding Graduate School/Class wrap-upTiffani L. WilliamsComplete and turn in the seminar report (available and due in class)


Tiffani L. Williams (tlw@cse.tamu.edu)