CS 3195 Junior Professional Orientation


Course Syllabus

University of Texas at El Paso

Spring 2005

Course Time/Location

M 12:30am – 1:20pm / CS 322


Nigel Ward

Office: Rm 206

Phone/e-mail: 747-6827/ nigel@cs.utep.edu

Office Hours: F 1:15-2:15 or call for an appointment or just drop in


Izumo, Carter and Ozee (2002). Keys to Career Success: How To Achieve Your Goals (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Course Theme

Introduction to the Computer Science profession with emphasis on job placement and professional ethics.

Class Goals

1.      Analyze your personal goals with respect to employment opportunities

2.      Prepare a resume

3.      Learn techniques for face-to-face and telephone interviews

4.      Learn how to evaluate job offers

5.      Explore possible career paths, including large company, small company, government

6    Learn about education enhancements, including co-ops, internships, and graduate study

7    Understand common issues in professional ethics

8    Hone writing skills

9    Hone presentation skills



         Homework assignments will be assigned weekly and are due at the start of class.

         No late assignments are accepted.

         You will write a two-page paper on a topic of your choosing related to ethics in computing or the impact of computing on society, approved by the instructors.

         You will present a four-minute talk on your ethics/society topic.



Your attendance is critical to your success in this course. You are expected to attend and actively participate in class. This includes being prepared for class. You are expected to read the assigned pages from the text and to hand in all homework on time.

Guest Speakers

We will have guest speakers from UTEP Career Services and from several businesses which employ CS graduates.

Exams and Grades

There will be a summary quiz at the end of the semester about presentations given in the class.  The final exam will consist of a four-minute technical presentation per student. Grade components are: class participation 30%, homework 50%, and final exam 20%.

Please note that homework is heavily weighted.  It is important that you keep up with assignments and turn them in.

Important Dates

Martin Luther King Day – January 17, 2005  – UTEP Closed

Graduation Application Deadline – February 25, 2005 - $30

Late Graduation Applications Accepted – February 28, 2005 - $45
Course Drop Deadline – March 18, 2005
Spring Break – March 21-26, 2005 - No Classes

Cesar Chavez Day – March 31, 2005 – No Classes
Final Exam – Friday, May 6, 2005 (1 – 3:45) – Oral Reports

Standards of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner, as prescribed by the UTEP Standards of Conduct.

Students may discuss assignments in a general way with other students, but the solutions must be done independently. Graded work should be unmistakably your own. You may not transcribe or copy a solution taken from another person, book, or other source, e.g., a Web page). Professors are required to – and will – report academic dishonesty and any other violation of the Standards of Conduct to the Dean of Students.


If you feel you may have a disability that requires accommodation, contact the Disabled Student Services Office at 747-5148, go to Room 106 E. Union, or e-mail to dss@utep.edu.