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December 2013

Important Dates Around Purdue and the College of Engineering

A round-up of dates for the rest of the semester and into the spring.

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013. Classes end.

  • December 9-14, 2013. Fall 2013 final exams.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2013. Fall semester ends.

  • Monday – Friday (8:00am – 5:00pm), December 16, 2013 - January 10, 2014. FYE Advising Office OPEN (FYE Advising Office CLOSED during the following University Holidays: December 25, December 26, December 27, and January 1, 2014).

  • Monday, January 13, 2014.  Spring semester begins.

  • Monday, January 20, 2014. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No Classes/ First-Year Engineering Advising Office CLOSED).

  • Monday-Friday, February 16- 22, 2014. Purdue National Engineers Week.

  • Early March, 2014.  Summer/Fall 2014 Advising
    First-Year Engineering students who have completed, or are completing, all First-Year Engineering required courses in Spring 2014 will be advised by their professional school of choice for Summer/Fall 2014. These students should look for communication regarding the Transition to Major process in February 2014.

    Students who will remain in First-Year Engineering at the end of Spring 2014 will need to come to ARMS 1300 to speak with an advisor regarding Summer/Fall 2014 registration advising.  Further information will be sent to each student’s Purdue email address to provide a timeline for registration advising.

  • March 17-22, 2014. Spring Break (No Classes/First-Year Engineering Advising Office OPEN).

Advanced Credit Exams

Students who plan to take an Advanced Credit Exam at Purdue must register for the exam. Students should discuss this option with an academic advisor, register for the exam approximately one month prior to the exam date and obtain a FORM 231 from the FYE Advising Office.

Typically the following is true for exam dates and registration requirements:

  • Mathematics and Chemistry - Multiple dates. Pre-registration is required.
  • Physics - Multiple dates. Pre-registration is required.
  • Language Placement Testing - Multiple dates. Pre-registration is not required.
  • COM 114 – Multiple dates

NOTE: All students must obtain a FORM 231 from an FYE Advisor prior to their test date.

More information about Advanced Credit Exams (including test dates) can be found on the FYE Advising page ( > FYE Advising > Related Links (see right-hand side of page) > Advance Credit Exams).

Academic Support for Grade Recovery

This spring the First-Year Engineering (FYE) Advising Office will again offer its academic support program.

Grade Recovery In Progress (GRIP) is a program designed to assist second-semester FYE students in building skills necessary to improve overall academic performance. Key points of the program include peer mentoring with an upper-class engineering student and a 1-credit seminar course: First Year Exp: Transition & Success.

Students eligible to participate in the GRIP program will have earned an overall GPA of less than 2.0 at the conclusion of the first semester in the FYE Program. Eligible students will be contacted by the FYE Advising Office on or before January 1, 2014. Contact will be through email sent to the student’s Purdue email address.

FERPA and Parents' Access to Their Student's Education Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records. It also provides guidelines for appropriately using and releasing student education records.

When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a postsecondary institution at any age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student. Parents may obtain non-directory information (grades, GPA, etc.) at the discretion of the institution if the student is a dependent per federal tax law. Parents may also have access to non-directory information by obtaining a signed consent from their child.

For more information, visit (click on “FERPA Information Brochure for Students and Parents”). If you have any questions or need assistance regarding FERPA policies, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 765-494-8219 /

Dropping and Adding Courses for Spring 2014

Students who wish to amend their spring schedule (i.e., add or drop courses) should be aware of the deadlines set by the Office of the Registrar. It is also advised that students speak with an FYE Advisor.

Course add/drop deadlines can be found on the FYE Advising page ( > FYE Advising > Related Links (see right-hand side of page) > Academic Calendars > Drop/Add Deadlines (formerly Schedule Revision) > Spring 2014).

Engineering Seminars and Study Skills Courses

In the spring semester, Purdue offers engineering seminars and study skills courses. While these courses do not count toward degree requirements, they can assist students in selecting a major, preparing for professional work experience, or becoming better students.

Engineering Seminars

ECE 19000. Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering. This course is intended to  provide an introduction to electrical and computer engineering for students in their freshman year. A goal is to provide some historical background on the respective sub-areas within ECE, a description of analytical tools that will be developed throughout their curriculum, the motivation for the tools, and information on elective courses in ECE. 

Study Strategies and Reading Strategies Courses

Student Success at Purdue offers a variety of courses to enhance Study Strategies and Reading Strategies, such as:

  • Academic Success Skills (2 credits)
  • Study Skills Seminar (3 credits)
  • Reading, Writing, and Speaking for International Students (3 credits)

Click here to learn more about these courses:

NOTE: Interested students can self-register for these courses using myPurdue.

Adjusting Your Spring Schedule at the End of the Fall Semester

Once your fall grades have been posted to your Purdue transcript, you must consider the following:

Academic Probation - If you find that you are on academic probation, you will have to adjust your spring schedule. Students are expected to understand why they have been placed on probation as well as understand the potential consequences for not improving your performance. The following page provides information about academic probation:

Low Grades – If you find that you have earned D or F grades in any of your classes, you may have to adjust your spring schedule. This website will give you information about when, how, why to adjust your schedule:

ENGR 20100 – Engineering in Global Context (3 cr.)

Course Description

The course provides students with opportunities to study how engineering is intertwined with larger economic, social, cultural, and technological dynamics in an era of intensified globalization. Its major goals are to help students understand and appreciate what engineering is, how engineers are trained, what engineers do, and how engineering and society interact.

The course approaches these themes through discussion of: the relation and interaction of engineering, science, technology, and society; the historical origins and development of engineering as a profession; diversity issues in engineering and other STEM fields; engineering in cross-national/cultural contexts; and contemporary challenges related to globalization, ethics, and sustainability. In summary, the course is designed to help students understand what it means to identify as, and/or work with, engineers.

Recitation sections and/or independent projects (at the instructor's discretion) provide further opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and improve their skills in relation to course themes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe and evaluate the specific kinds of knowledge and methods typically employed by engineers, including in comparison with other professional fields.
  2. Understand the historical development of engineering education and the engineering profession in the United States.
  3. Recognize how national differences are important in engineering work, including by comparing and contrasting different national cultures and styles of engineering.
  4. Explain the significance of diversity in engineering education and professional practice, including by evaluating competing perspectives on diversity in different historical and sociocultural contexts.
  5. Understand contemporary trends and issues related to globalization, ethics, social responsibility, and sustainability, and interpret their significance in relation to engineering education and practice.
  6. Demonstrate written communication capabilities at the level of "emerging" or higher (as defined by the Purdue Core Curriculum guidelines).

Course Structure

  • Lecture (required): CRN 12441 MW 12:30-1:20 PM ARMS 1109
  • Recitation (select one):  CRN 12376 F 8:30-9:20 AM ARMS 1028  or CRN 12440 F 9:30-10:20 AM ARMS 1028

Global Engineering Program

The Global Engineering Program (GEP) serves the students, staff, and faculty of Purdue University's College of Engineering, offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate academic programs in education, research, and learning with an emphasis on diversity, experience, reputation and effective solutions to the global engineering challenges of the 21st century and beyond. For more information, check out GEP here.

GEP student

Global Design Teams

The Global Engineering Program (GEP) is the home of Purdue’s Global Design Teams (GDTs), which bring together undergraduate and graduate students from different disciplines inside and outside of engineering to solve real-world design challenges. GDTs partner student teams with non-governmental organizations, businesses and research institutions and focus on sustainable development projects such as rural transportation, renewable energy, water supply and quality, and structural design.

For information on upcoming and past Global Design Team projects, visit:

Honors Update

Jennifer Alter, Assistant Director of the Engineering Honors Program

Winter greetings from the Engineering Honors Program! The First-Year Engineering Honors students have been exploring new horizons in their classes, through projects and studying, as well as pursuing new opportunities for their second-semester courses.

While we still battle the occasional scheduling conflict here and there, most students are in great shape and are looking forward to another hectic semester of learning (while attempting, of course, to dodge the dreaded 7:30 a.m. class as much as possible!).

The Engineering Honors Learning Community participants have finished a busy and rewarding semester. Our last couple of activities included a chemical engineering cake-making activity and a trip to the IMAX Theater to see Titans of the Ice Age 3D and learn about the engineering that goes into the creation of IMAX movies.

After many weeks of teaming, planning, building and programming robots for ENGR 14100, the students put their robots to the test in the Feature Gym at the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center. As their advisor, I am impressed with any movement their robots do; obviously, I am not the one grading the course, though.

Thank you for a wonderful semester! I applaud all of the students on what they have learned, both in and out of the classroom. The first semester in college is the biggest adjustment for students, being away from home, finding new ways of learning, and developing new relationships. I know everyone is looking forward to having some much deserved down time over winter break (although I still suggest picking up the occasional textbook from time to time to be prepared for next semester). I would like to wish everyone a happy and successful 2014!

First-Year Engineering Program
School of Engineering Education
Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 1300
Phone: (765) 494-9713
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
Advisor Walk-In Schedule (for current students only)

For more information about the FYE program, visit

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