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Module Two Syllabus

by Dr. William L. Honig last modified 2005-09-09 11:11 AM

Course Syllabus and Usage Ideas

Module Two - Will I Like It?

Description

Evoke Career and Callings module for use in introductory computer science or other science courses. Designed for use early in semester, ideally week 2 or 3 of the semester. Module is intended for approximately 100 minutes of class time, but may be adjusted.

Purpose

Introduce concept of exploring "joy" in career or vocation. Look particularly at the kinds of things that computer science workers often like. Experience some mental exercises to see what kind of things student may enjoy.

Outline

  1. (10 min) Easy SuDoKu puzzle. Students work individually on puzzle beginning as they arrive into class. Follow instructions on the puzzle handout.
  2. (10 min) Welcome and Bad Day Video. Introduce idea of "joy". If necessary, describe Evoke program.
  3. (10 min) Students conduct 3-4 person discussion on Bad Day Video.
  4. (15 min) Lecture - "Heart" and "Joy" - how these things show up in computer jobs. What parts or activities in a computer job will I use these feelings to perform? What you may learn from the SuDoKu experience.
  5. (5 min) Introduce homework assignment - Looking for your "joy" in job descriptions of computing occupations. (possible class session break point)
  6. (15 min) Group Discussion on Joy in Computer Occupations - what each student found in their homework study - where is the "joy" for you? What things were in these job descriptions that you think you would not like?
  7. (20 min) Lecture - Needs for computer science and information systems professionals. Salary potential for entry level and more advanced positions. Example job ads.
  8. (5 min) Video - Computer Software Intern at Work
  9. (10 min) Individual Work - Characteristics of your "joyful" job in computing. What must it include? What to avoid? (Results to be turned in for follow-up in later modules).
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