Following the brilliant example of The Stanford Sphere, the editors and writers of the opinions section of The Stanford Daily are weighing in to offer you our top course recommendations for this fall quarter, starting with IntroSems and ending with our favorite advanced seminars.
COMPMED 80N: “Introduction to Animal Behavior” offers students the opportunity to participate in a student-led interactive discussion while thinking critically about how each animal’s niche, or place in the world, is a function of its behavior.
The Introductory Seminar EE 27N: “Electronics Rocks” brings 16 freshmen together to conceive and build a single electrical engineering project as a class — a feat of both technical skills and teamwork.
Professor of electrical engineering Gregory Kovacs M.D. ’85 Ph.D. ‘90, who has taught the course for five years now, said the class teaches students how to turn a project from idea into reality while also teaching the group mentality he believes is essential to engineering.
In LAW 116N: “Guns, Drugs, Abortion, and Empirical Evaluation of Law and Policy,” students learn to disentangle fact from fiction in some of society’s most controversial policy issues.
The number of freshmen who applied for fall introductory seminars (IntroSems) has risen 36 percent from last year while the number of sophomores has dropped by 13 percent, according to IntroSem Program Director Russell Berman.
A committee has been appointed to revise the course evaluation process and will aim to submit a proposal for altering course evaluations in the spring of 2013. The committee comes as a response to the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford report, which read, “despite some improvements, the [course] evaluation process still leaves much to…
While the Faculty Senate declined after contentious debate to begin requiring introductory seminars (IntroSems) for freshmen, as recommended by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report, both University administrators and SUES members have welcomed this revision to the report’s recommendations.
Requiring IntroSems will enhance the overall quality of undergraduate education at Stanford.