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					                            The University of Texas - Pan American
                      Mechanical Engineering Faculty Handbook
                                  Student Advising

Table of Contents
   Advising Procedure …………………………………………………………….                                        Page 1
   Appointment Signup Sheets……………………………………………………                                      Page 2
   Student Information Form………………………………………………………                                      Page 4
   Schedule of Technical Electives………………………………………………                                  Page 5
   University Policies………………………………………………………………                                        Page 6


Advising Procedure

These advising procedures supersede all previous advising instructions (as of March 2007). Please read all of
these instructions.

1. The Department of Mechanical Engineering requires mandatory advising where students meet with the
   assigned faculty as shown on the advising poster. Advising assignments are made by the last digit of the
   student’s ID number. Please encourage students to be advised by their assigned faculty advisor.

2. Students must make appointments to meet with their advisors during the advisement period. Faculty will
   post an advisement signup sheet on their office door throughout the first two weeks of advisement with a
   minimum of 50 advisement slots (12.5 hours).

3. Student must complete and save the advising worksheet before coming for advising. The tutorial movie
   should answer their basic questions.
                         http://crown.panam.edu/advising/index.html

4. Students that need a co or prerequisite waiver should request a letter from Dr. Mahdi or Dr. Fuentes who
   will approve the request with input from the appropriate faculty member(s). Only under exceptional
   circumstances will a pre-requisite waiver be granted.

5. Faculty are encouraged to take advantage of the advisement meeting to student to accomplish the rest of the
   student advising objectives (monitoring, mentoring, and information). The advising information form
   promotes discussion about student concerns and helps the advisor monitor student performance,
   progress, and study habits. Additionally, the questions below may help faculty to break the ice.

   Question 1.    Have you thought about what you want to do when you graduate?
   Question 2.    When do you expect to graduate?
   Question 3.    Do you know why it is important to plan out several semesters in advance in the advising
                  spread sheet? (Answer: The data is going to a database to help the ME Department schedule
                  necessary courses for students and balance ME faculty teaching load.)

6. During the advisement meeting, the faculty member and student review the student advising worksheet. The
   faculty member saves the approved degree plan with the advisor password on the website:
                        http://crown.panam.edu/advising/index.html

7. Provide feedback about the advising process to Dr. Mahdi, Dr. Fuentes, or Dr. Crown after the advisement
   period for continuous quality improvement. Please keep track of student frequently asked questions and
   interests and any other information that may be useful to include in this faculty handbook.
Advisor: Dr.                      ADVISING SIGNUP SHEET             Student ID ending with: ___

Please sign up for a 15 minute advising appointment. You must sign up for an advising time at
least one day in advance and submit the advising spreadsheet (www.crown.panam.edu/advising)
prior to your appointment. You may also drop by any time for advising if I am available.

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Advisor: Dr.                      ADVISING SIGNUP SHEET             Student ID ending with: ___

Please sign up for a 15 minute advising appointment. You must sign up for an advising time at
least one day in advance and submit the advising spreadsheet (www.crown.panam.edu/advising)
prior to your appointment. You may also drop by any time for advising if I am available.

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                                           Advising Information Form

Last Name:                     First Name:                         MI:           SID#

Advisor:                             Appointment Time:

Questions to ask your advisor (electives, internships, career opportunities, etc.):




Semester (please select one): F      S       SI      SII          Year: 2007     2008      2009
Typical hours per week allocated for studying:
Hours Enrolled:         x3 =         Minimum hours needed per week for school
Current GPA:                      FT Job          PT Job   number of hours per week
1) Box in your class schedule in the weekly planner below and indicate the course number in each box.
2) Indicate planned study periods on the planner.
Note: It is recommended that you allocate 3-4 hours per week per credit hour. For example, a student taking
15 credit hours should allocate a minimum of 45 hours/week. The student should then set aside a minimum
of 26 hours/week for studying (45 total hours-13 lecture hours-6 lab hours=26 study hours).

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                            Degree Plan: Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering
                                         College of Science and Engineering
                                                 2007-2009 Catalog

Dear Mechanical Engineering Faculty,
        Below is a list of all the technical elective courses that have been approved by the undergraduate curriculum
committee and that will appear in the next catalog. Starting from this coming fall (semester code 071), the courses will appear
with the course number and title shown in the list below.

                                                                                                       Offered
  Course #                    Course Title                   073   074   081   082   091   092   101
                                                                                                         By
 MECE 3385     Mechanical Vibrations                                     X           X           X     Fuentes

 MECE 4304     Automatic Control Systems                                                   X           Kypuros

 MECE 4305     Vehicle Systems Modeling and Control                            X                       Kypuros

 MECE 4315     Compressible Fluid Flow                                               X                 Tarawneh

 MECE 4316     Introduction to Acoustics                                                   X           Tarawneh

 MECE 4320     Introduction to Mechatronics                        X     X           X           X     Vasquez

 MECE 4321     Intermediate Mechanics of Solids
               Introduction to the Practice of Finite
 MECE 4322                                                                     X           X           Fuentes
               Elements
 MECE 4323     Introduction to Combustion Engineering                          X           X            Qubbaj

 MECE 4324     Energy Systems, Analysis and Design

 MECE 4325     Composite Material Design                                 X           X           X      Jones

 MECE 4326     Introduction to Ceramics Engineering                                        X            Jones

 MECE 4327     Intermediate Materials Engineering                              X                        Jones

 MECE 4328     Polymer Engineering                                                               X     Lozano

 MECE 4329     Introduction to Nanotechnology                                  X           X           Lozano

 MECE 4360     Solar Energy                                                                      X      Crown
               Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
 MECE 4333                                                               X           X                  Crown
               Design
               Introduction to Computational
 MECE 4380                                                                                             Freeman
               Biomechanics
 MECE 4333     Other


Code Key:
Summer I 2007 = 073, Summer II 2007 = 074, Fall 2007 = 081, Spring 2008 = 082, Fall 2008 = 091,
Spring 2009 = 092, Fall 2009 = 101.
                 Advisement Information Sheet: Important Policies
Policy            Effective Year    Effects
Three-peat        Fall 2005         1) Classes before Fall 2002 (UTPA term 031) do not count in three peat
Rule                                   calculation.
                                    2) Classes taken during or later than Fall 2002 (UTPA term 031) can
                                       be taken twice within the same institution at the state resident
                                       tuition;
                                    3) The third enrollment to a class taken at the same institution will be
* Subchapter F                         charged a “repeat class fee” in addition to the state tuition.
13.105-13.107
                                    (UTPA repeat class fee: $100 per credit hour)
45-hour           Fall 1999 –       1) Students first enrolled in Texas public university or college credit courses
Enrollment        Summer 2006          before Fall of 1999 (UTPA term 001) have no enrollment cap.
Cap                                 2) Students first enrolled during Fall 1999 through Summer 2006 have
(Includes                              a 45 hour enrollment cap. The student will be charged additional
drops,                                 fees for those accumulated attempted college credit hours above
repeats and                            the enrollment cap (= required degree plan credits + 45 ).
withdrawals)                        3) Once the student has exceeded the enrollment cap, he/she will be
                                       charged an additional “Excess Hour fee” for each credit hour:
                                    (UTPA Excess Hour Fee: AY07-08 $84 and AY08-09 $125 per credit hour)
* Subchapter F                      (NOTE: No student will be charged for both “Repeat Class Fee” and Excess Hour
13.102-13.104                       fee for the same course.)
30-hour           Fall 2006 -       1) Students who first enrolled in Texas public university or college
Enrollment        Present              credit courses during Fall of 2006 (UTPA term 071), will have a 30
Cap                                    hour enrollment cap. The student will be charged additional fees for
(Includes                              those accumulated attempted credit hours above the enrollment cap
drops,                                 (= required degree plan credits + 30).
repeats and                         2) Once the student has exceeded the enrollment cap, he/she will be
withdrawals)                           charged an additional “Excess Hour fee” for each credit hour:
                                    (UTPA Excess Hour Fee: AY07-08 $84 and AY08-09 $125 per credit hour)
* Subchapter F                      (NOTE: No student will be charged for both “Repeat Class Fee” and Excess Hour
13.102-13.104                       fee for the same course.)
Six Course        Fall 2007         1) Applies to students who first enrolled in Texas public university or
Drop Rule                              college credit courses during Fall 2007 (UTPA term 081).
                                    2) An institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate
                                       student to drop a total of more than six courses. Includes any
                                       course a transfer student has dropped at another institution of
                                       higher education
* Subchapter A                      3) Concurrent enrollment courses and developmental courses continue
4.10                                   to be under consideration
Seven Year        College           1) The degree requirements that must be completed for graduation
Catalog           Catalog for           are those in effect at the time of the student’s entrance or those
Limit             1998-2000             provided in a subsequent catalog. In any case, the catalog used to
                  has expired           determine the degree requirements must not be more than seven
                                        years old.
                                    2) The College Catalog for 1998-2000 expired for students who did not
UTPA 2005-                            graduate by August 7, 2007. Therefore, students who were under the
2007 Catalog                          1998-2000 Catalog have been automatically moved to the 2000-2002
p. 66                                 catalog and must obtain 51 advanced hours for graduation.
* Based on the Texas Coordinating Board Rules Applying to All Public Institutions of Higher Education in Texas. Specifics are
outlined in the Subchapter and the Chapter.Section(s) indicated. More information may be found online:
http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/Rules/TAC.cfm .

				
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