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BS/MEng Mechanical Engineering
Clifton Park NY

Insight into My Winter Courses

Alissa Anderson on Friday, 10 December 2010. Posted in Coursework, Majors & Minors

Currently in crossroads working on homework awaiting the 2pmtour, so I thought I would give all my followers a little insight to my winterquarter schedule.

“Circuits 1” is the first electrical engineering course I have taken on campus (a requirement for mechanical engineers). It is an introduction to the world of DC circuit analysis: things like voltage, current,resistance, power, Ohms Law, Kirchoff’s Law, and others. The course also requires a lab – in which students get hands on practice building and troubleshooting physical and computer simulated circuits.

"Human Biology wintercourses_bio.jpg2” is the second installment of a 3-course Human Biology sequence for non-biology majors. My professor has renamed the course to “the machine” due to the fact that there is a large focus on the waythe human body works and the different systems with in (the nervous system, the respiratory system, the endocrine system, etc).  The course is taught one of the large lecture halls in theCollege of Science – about 200 students three times a week. We use “clickers”(like a television remote control) to interact with the professor to take polls and answer questions in real time. This class is also paired with a lab sessionto give students a hands on look at the topic discussed in lecture. This week we studied the nervous system and got to see a real human brain in lab! (The Photo is of one of the lab groups running an experiment to record the subjects brain function)

“Technical Writing” is an online course I am taking as part of my communication minor. The course focuses on techniques for technicalwriting for projects such as resumes, cover letters, brochures, emails,short/long technical reports, writing instructions, etc. So far I LOVE the course – I am a big advocate for online classes (especially in the winter, whenall I want to do is stay warm in my dorm room!).


“Heat Transfer” is a mechanical engineering course that explores the fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation – and their application on engineering systems. Ever since I startedtaking this class, all I can think about is how quickly the heat is radiatingthrough my coffee travel mug!


“Hip Hop” is the highlight of my Thursdays. Per graduation requirement,all students are required to complete two wellness classes. Courses range from everything such as horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, martial arts, andstress management to dance! So this quarter I am learning the art of hip-hopand break dance – who doesn’t want a spontaneous break dancing tour guide?!