Introduction to the Arts & Sciences

Professor Jamie Skye Bianco

Fall 2009, University of Pittsburgh
Tuesdays, 3-3:50PM, B09 Thaw Hall
FP 0001 - 1135
Office Hours, Tuesdays, 4-5, and by appointment
Office Location: 1502a CL (enter through 1501)

Course Home
Teaching Assistant: Bonnie Templin
For more Info, visit CourseWeb
Students Home
Spikenlilli Home

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

Attend Professor McNeely's lecture on November 6, 2009 at 5:30pm, Carnegie Music Hall.

Participate in one out-of-class activity sponsored by the Office of Freshman Programs

**(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: [Bonnie will be the contact person for CourseWeb].

(subject to Change)

September 1:

Introduction: syllabus, courseweb, textbook

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

Begin Project: Explore Pittsburgh & Greetings

September 8:

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 15:

Intellectual Property, Copywrite, Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Guest speaker: Molly Sauter

Have read Pitt Policy on Academic Integrity from CourseWeb ( integrity.html)

Have read the "The Disciplines" from Reinventing Knowledge

Turn in Cameras for Explore Pittsburgh Project

September 22:

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

Have read the "The University" from Reinventing Knowledge

Have watched "The Machine is Us/ing Us" (

Pictures returned for Explore Pittsburgh Project---create your presentations this week

September 29:

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

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

Explore Pittsburgh Project Presentations Due (postponed to November 3rd due to post-G20 discussions)

October 6:

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

Have read the "The Laboratory" from Reinventing Knowledge
October 13:

No Class (Monday Classes Meet)

October 20:

Hillman Library Visit: meet at the entrance NOT in Thaw

Have read the "The LIbrary" from Reinventing Knowledge

Have watched the "The LIbrary of the Future" (

October 27:

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

Bring registration materials to class
November 3:

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

Preparing to make it from the start to the end

(Students are required to attend Prof. Ian McNeely's Lecture on Friday, November 6, 5:30pm (Carnegie Music Hall)

Have read the "The Conclusion" from Reinventing Knowledge

Presentations: Slideshows & presentations of Explore Pittsburgh Project (make-up from September 29)

November 10:

Study Habits & Fun Habits

Location TBD

November 17:

Evaluations and Celebrations

Time to reflect upon the first semester and celebrate succeeding at your first college course!
November 24:

End of class field trip TBD by student vote

Where shall we go?

Academic Resource Center


Disability Resources & Services

(216 William Pitt Union) 412.648.7890


Counseling Center

(334 William Pitt Union) 412.648.7930

Sexual Assault Services