Introduction to the Arts & Sciences

Professor Jamie Skye Bianco

Fall 2010, University of Pittsburgh
Tuesdays, 12-12:50PM, B09 Thaw Hall
FP 0001
Course #12898
Office Hours, posted and by appointment
Office Location: 1502a CL (enter through 1501)

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Teaching Assistant: Karina Goulordava
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Course Description:

[From the catalog]: Through class work and out-of-class activities, students will gain knowledge of the educational opportunities at the University, the cultural events on campus and off, and an understanding of what it means to be a university liberal arts student.

[From Prof. JSB]: Welcome to college and to a liberal arts education. So what does this mean? How is this different from secondary education (as in, high school) both in lifestyle and learning?


Attend ALL classes and arrive on time

Complete all assignments as assigned and on time. This includes fully prepared reading of chapters from Reinventing Knowledge.

Attend Professor McNeely's lecture on September 24, 2010 at 5pm, Soldier and Sailors Memorial Hall.

Participate in one out-of-class activity sponsored by the Office of Freshman Programs. See the schedule. Yes, your Prof. is delivering a lecture as one of the activites that you may attend.

(Freshmen Programs Website)


Transition to College

Academic Skills and Services

Academic Integrity

Importance of Liberal Arts

Polite and Professional Communication

Educational Goals


McNeely, Ian with Lisa Wolverton. Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the internet (New York: Norton, 2008). (Available at the Book Center).


Additional Materials available on CourseWeb: [Karina will be the contact person for CourseWeb].


Assigned readings and in-class writing.

Explore Pittsburgh Project

Attend Professor McNeely's lecture

Attend one out-of-class activity sponsored by the Office of Freshman Programs. See the schedule. You may also attend the final week of the "twisted pair" show at the warhol museum --this show ends september 5th!

Attend Experiential Learning Fair

Complete Library Assigment

(subject to change)

August 31:

Introduction: syllabus, courseweb, textbook

Communicating with professors, staff, colleagues, & friends--code shifting & netiquette

Begin Project: Explore Pittsburgh & Greetings

Introduction to CourseWeb and Course Webpage

Announce "Twisted Pair" show at Warhol Museum--ends September 5th!

September 7:

Where to start? How to decode your professors' expectations.

Bring syllabi from all courses in which you are enrolled to class.

Have read the "Introduction" and "The Monastery" from Reinventing Knowledge

September 14:

Intellectual Property, Copyright, Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Have read Pitt Policy on Academic Integrity here and on CourseWeb

Have read the "The Disciplines" from Reinventing Knowledge

Have watched "The Machine is Us/ing Us"


September 21:

What are the liberal arts and sciences? Why a liberal arts education?

Have read the "The University" from Reinventing Knowledge

Prof. McNeely's lecture: Friday, September 24 at 5pm



September 28:

Collaborative work: how did the project get done? who did what?

One month in to college life... checking in...

Explore Pittsburgh Project Presentations Due

October 5:

Experiential Learning Fair: undergraduate research, teaching, internships, service learning, and study abroad

Have read the "The Laboratory" from Reinventing Knowledge
October 12:

No Class (Monday Classes Meet)

October 19:

Hillman Library Visit: meet at the entrance of the Hilman LIbrary, NOT in Thaw

Have read the "The Library" from Reinventing Knowledge

Library Guide

Have watched the "The Library of the Future"

October 26:

Registration and planning coursework: thinking about the future and educational goals

Bring registration materials to class

November 2:

Midterms to Finals: real grades, time-management, workload, and the shape of a semester

Preparing to make it from the start to the end



November 9:

Study Habits & Fun Habits

Karina leads a discussion on life outside the classroom in relation to life inside the classroom

November 16:

Evaluations and Celebrations

Time to reflect upon the first semester and celebrate succeeding at your first college course!
November 23:

End of class field trip TBD by student vote

Where shall we go?
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 140 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890 or (412) 383-7355(TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.

Academic Resource Center

(G-1 Gardner Steel Conference Center) 412.648.7920

Disability Resources & Services

(216 William Pitt Union) 412.648.7890


Counseling Center

(334 William Pitt Union) 412.648.7930

Sexual Assault Services

(334 WPU) 412.648.7856